How soon after developing a superficial blood clot can I fly?

On 12/19 I developed a superficial blood clot. I was on tomixifen and took a long car ride and traveled on a plane 3 days prior. I am off the tomixifen and taking 2 81 mg aspirin daily and was taking I aspirin while I was on the tomixifen. How soon can I fly?

Answers from doctors (4)


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Jan 20, 2016

Are we talking a one-hour flight or an eight-hour flight? Generally, you can fly right away as long as long as you're wearing a graduated compression hose. I would want someone to not be too far away in the first week or two so I can check on them.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Are we talking a one-hour flight or an eight-hour flight? Generally, you can fly right away as long as long as you're wearing a graduated compression hose. I would want someone to not be too far away in the first week or two so I can check on them.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Jan 11, 2016

Make sure the superficial blood clot has not spread with a repeat venous ultrasound exam. If there is no change or the blood clot has dissolved, you can fly. Be sure to move around in the plane to keep the venous blood flow from slowing down.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Make sure the superficial blood clot has not spread with a repeat venous ultrasound exam. If there is no change or the blood clot has dissolved, you can fly. Be sure to move around in the plane to keep the venous blood flow from slowing down.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jan 08, 2016

You should be cleared by your treating physican. In my practice, I would allow you to fly provided you are wearing a medical strength compression stocking that is thigh length. These should be measured and fitted by a certified fitter and require a prescription. Additionally, my patients are advised to drink plenty of water while travelling in either the car or a plane. This will ensure that you at least get up and walk to the bathroom. Do some heal-toes lifts while up. Do the exercises that are in all the airline magazines. I would also have you take a 325 mg aspirin before flying.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

You should be cleared by your treating physican. In my practice, I would allow you to fly provided you are wearing a medical strength compression stocking that is thigh length. These should be measured and fitted by a certified fitter and require a prescription. Additionally, my patients are advised to drink plenty of water while travelling in either the car or a plane. This will ensure that you at least get up and walk to the bathroom. Do some heal-toes lifts while up. Do the exercises that are in all the airline magazines. I would also have you take a 325 mg aspirin before flying.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Jan 08, 2016

I would wait for the acute symptoms (pain, redness and tenderness) of superficial phlebitis to resolve. This should take about 2 weeks. The hardness may take a month or more to disappear. After the two-week period you will still be at increased risk to develop another phlebitis. When flying, stay hydrated, wear compression hose, take the aspirin, and get up to move every 2 hours.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

I would wait for the acute symptoms (pain, redness and tenderness) of superficial phlebitis to resolve. This should take about 2 weeks. The hardness may take a month or more to disappear. After the two-week period you will still be at increased risk to develop another phlebitis. When flying, stay hydrated, wear compression hose, take the aspirin, and get up to move every 2 hours.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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