• How to prevent Lymphedema with air travel?

    Asked by PrettyToes on Saturday, June 8, 2013

    How to prevent Lymphedema with air travel?

    I have had lymph node dissection on side of BC. I have not had any problems with Lymphedema, and hope to never have any. But I have to fly soon, and am a little worried because of the risk of Lymphedema with flying. I know to wear compression sleeve (which I have). Any suggestions? Do I just wear it during the flight? Or for 24 hours after the flight? Thanks!

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      I also had very few issues with Lympho after the surgery (27 removed, July 12,12), and I can say flying has caused me no problems (domestic only and no flights over 4 hours (4 different trips)). To be honest, this is the first time I've heard that it might be (although it makes sense, but none of my docs said anything) so, while every person is different, I wouldn't sweat it so much. I also think the length of time since the surgery and your activity level would be important to note. If surgery was recent and you are inactive, it could be more of an issue. I've never worn a compression sleeve and the only real issue I had with lympho was after a very busy day doing an activity (pouring booze from a bar height table for 10 hours believe it or not) that I hadn't done before. I had done it from regular table height with no problem previously. Go figure.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      I flew in April with my lymphedema sleeve and noticed very few if any problems. But I only have to wear it about once a week--only 2 nodes were taken & I exercise a lot w/my arms. Maybe you will just want to wear it a bit more the first few days after you land?

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      BTW---if you are looking for a more stylish, less "orthopedic" looking lymphedema sleeve, go to lymphadivas.com . Mine is leopard and they have some that are neon or look like tattoos! Fun, even for us Grandma types!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I wore an over the counter compression sleeve early on.....I was told to put it on an hour before the flight and leave it on a hour (or more) after fight......I quit wearing it several years ago...I know its a gamble, but just decided I didn't want to hassle!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      My lymphedema therapist told me to put my sleeve on a few hours before the flight and leave it on for a few hours afterwards.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      I was also advised to wear my sleeve during flight. I was not told a time element but would personally put it on the day before and keep it on until day after just to be safe. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      It might also have something to do with your dominate arm. I am right handed and that was the side my nodes were removed from so that arm sees the most activity........again, I've had no issues and had never heard that I might until this question. I flew yesterday and thought about it the entire flight. But no problem.

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Hi, PrettyToes. I had two lymph nodes removed. I see a lymphedema physical therapist. At first she said to put on the compression sleeve and gauntlet two hours before the flight and remove it two to three hours after landing. Now she says I can put it on right before the flight (but still leave it on two to three hours after landing). Your question mentioned flying soon. Did you take the trip? How did it go? I've flown several times since my lymph nodes were removed. A few of the flights have been long - Australia, Europe - and I have been fine. I wear the compression garments diligently.

      over 3 years ago

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