Deep Vein Thrombosis- There is a risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) when traveling on any long haul flight, it is known that immobility is one of the factors that may lead to the development of a blood clot in a deep vein. The risks are further increased after surgery. To decrease the risk the World Health Organisation provides the following advice:
– Moving around the cabin- a trip to the bathroom every 2-3 hours is a reasonable measure.
– Exercising the calf muscles- many airlines will provide helpful advice on exercises you can do.
– Hand luggage should not be placed where it restricts movement of the legs and feet, and clothing should be loose and comfortable.
– Passengers are advised not to use aspirin specifically for the prevention of travel-related DVT.
For more information on DVT see the World Health Organisation website.