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Tibia broken about 3 inches below knee 6 weeks ago. Full leg

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Tibia broken about 3 inches below knee 6 weeks ago. Full leg cast on. Due to fly to Thailand in 2 weeks time. Any advice? Can I expect to get a below knee cast for comfort?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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no, most likely you will need your above the knee longer than 6 weeks.

Dr. David :

when do you go back to your orthopedic doctor for xrays?

Customer:

27th April which is pretty much the date of the flight. Concerns around DVT. I understand that they need to split the cast or have something called an adjustable cast.

Dr. David :

an adjustable cast should be softer for you

Customer:

The current stance is that flying with such an injury cannot be done.

Dr. David :

and easier on your knee

Dr. David :

at your age of 33 blood clot is less risky than if you were older.

Dr. David :

it sounds like your doctors are not advising you to fly.

Customer:

So an adjustable cast, I don't know what they look like or made from, what the primary purpose is.

Dr. David :

anyway you can postpone or reschedule the trip?

Dr. David :

it should be more flexible in the knee for you.

Customer:

Do you know anything more about an adjustable cast? What material is it made out of? My understanding is that it has air inside it?

Dr. David :

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more like that

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OK thank you for your advice.

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