Travelling After Hip Surgery

How will you be travelling after hip surgery? Car, taxi, plane or public transport?  Each has it's own set of problems and must know solutions that will help you stay safe.

Most likely you'll start off as a passenger in someone else's car before you take the wheel, venture onto public transport or even jet off to far-flung places.

This page offers a brief introduction to each of these, with links to individual articles with important information  - so don't miss out, follow those links!

When Can I....?

By far and away the most frequent question asked is about timing.  When can I drive my car, when is it safe to fly.  The answer differs, not only for each different mode of transport, but what sort of car you plan to drive or how far you want to fly.

But don't worry, we'll cover them all.  Just follow the links below. 

Travelling after hip surgery

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

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) in detail, covering what they have in common and how they differ.

Travelling after hip surgery

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?


After spending a few days or weeks cooped up indoors, getting out and about feels just wonderful.  So enjoy your travelling and celebrate your successful operation.

Related Links: 

Preparing for Recovery 
Essential Equipment 
Walking Aids

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