How long will I need to wait before flying home?

This depends on the procedure you receive. The table below is a guide for common treatments received abroad. These should only be used as estimates – Patients should always receive clearance from their treating physician before flying home.

 

Procedure Wait Before Flying Comment
Dental Implants 0 days Patients could allow 2-3 days for comfort
IVF 0 days Unless otherwise advised by your physician
Hair Transplant 1-2 days Comfort is most important, so bring a button-up shirt
Cataract Surgery 2 days More complicated eye surgeries can require up to 2 weeks
LASIK 2-3 days Discomfort is likely for the first few days. Remember to take plenty of eyedrops
Rhinoplasty 7 days Patients are usually cleared to fly after a follow-up exam
Breast Implants 7-10 days Patients are usually cleared to fly after a follow-up exam
Gastric Bypass Surgery 2 weeks Patients should seek a doctor’s clearance to minimize DVT risk
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery 2 weeks Can be longer if there are complications
Knee Replacement 2-4 weeks Patients should seek a doctor’s clearance to minimize DVT risk
Hip Replacement 2-8 weeks Patients should seek a doctor’s clearance to minimize DVT risk

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