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Preparation Guide: Travel Safety

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It is often recommended surgery patients refrain from traveling during recovery. However, we know travel is often unavoidable, so we advise you to keep your travel and outdoor exercise to a minimum and avoid long distances. If you must travel, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Stop for some light stretching at random intervals during trips that last more than an hour or two.
  • If you are susceptible to motion sickness, especially while taking certain medications, you should pack water and a sack.
  • Consider environmental and weather-related issues. For instance, make sure that you travel on well-maintained roads, especially if your surgery is scheduled during the winter months.
  • Avoid hazardous driving conditions, such as driving in the fog, at night, or during rush hour.
  • Do not walk outside without assistance, and avoid walking in rainy or snowy conditions.
  • Steer clear of wet grass, slippery sidewalks, and rough or uneven surfaces, such as gravel, brick, or cobblestone roads.
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