Travelling After Hip Surgery


How will you be travelling after hip surgery? 

Car, taxi, plane or public transport - each has it's unique set of problems and here we break them down into sections starting with your first challenge which will be travelling as a passenger and moving through starting driving again, travelling on public transport and finishing with flying.  

The most common questions we get asked are When? How? and How can it be made easier and safer?  We'll address them all.


Travelling after hip surgery
Passenger

For a few weeks post-op you'll only be able to travel as a passenger in a car or taxi. That sounds simple enough doesn't it? But you really need to know the right and the wrong way to get in and out of a car safely. Doing it wrong can mean a dislocation.

Which do you think is safer to get in and out of a black cab or a mini cab?

If you are a driver then you'll soon be yearning to get behind the wheel again. But when is it safe to start driving and how do you get in and out whilst holding your walking aids?

Travelling after hip surgery
Driving

Before you even open the car door I recommend you also read Driving After a Hip Replacement which covers a different set of issues focusing on how your operation and medication will affect your reaction times and alerts you to factors that will invalidate your insurance.

Travelling after hip surgery
Public transport

But if you're not a driver you'll be travelling by public transport as I was. It can be tricky but is entirely possible as long as you follow this well-researched advice. We look at buses, trains and tubes (aka subways or metros).

Travelling after hip surgery
Flying

Finally how about jetting off to the sun for a well-deserved holiday (or to that work conference). How soon can you consider flying after a hip replacement? What is the best way to get the most leg room? How can you best avoid DVT? And what really happens at security?


Related Links: 

Preparing for Recovery 
Essential Equipment 
Waling Aids


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