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Long periods of sitting will lead to swelling in the legs and increase your risk of blood clot in the first 6 weeks after surgery.  I would recommend avoiding long flights or a long car ride if possible for 6 weeks.  During this time, you will also be on medication to prevent blood clots.  If you need to travel for emergency.  Wearing compression hose on your legs and discussing your travel plans with us is important.  We might increase your blood thinner if you need to travel.  I would also recommend sitting in a bulkhead seat or on the isle to allow you to get up frequently for air travel. If you are driving, try to stop every hour and go for a short walk.