How soon can I fly after surgery?

Patient

Q: How soon can I fly after having surgery to remove titanium plates from my forearm? I had them put in several years ago and need to get them taken out because my arm swells periodically and is very painful. An estimate would help so that I can plan work around it.

Doctor

A:   You are clear to fly immediately after having the metal rods removed. There is no potential harm from flying after this type of surgery.

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