Travel Insurance After Surgery

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Holiday, Travel Insurance After Surgery

There are many reasons why you might need to undergo surgery, however, whatever the reason, the experience weakens the body, and so demands certain precautions are taken.

These usually include restrictions on air travel, although the length of time doctors recommend patients avoid flying varies according to what procedure they’ve had done. Simple procedures, such as laser eye surgery, only prevents you from flying for 2-3 days (more complicated eye surgeries may prevent you from flying for longer); for abdominal or chest surgeries, minor procedures carry a 4-5 days ban on air travel, whereas more invasive treatments can mean you cannot fly for 4-6 weeks, or even as long as 3 months for joint replacement or lung resection surgery.

The reason for these restrictions is that changes in air pressure, having to sit down for long periods of time and being in close proximity to other passengers can increase the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), infections, expansion of air in body cavities and severe headache for post-surgery patients. As emergency medical assistance is not immediately available during long flights, these conditions can carry serious, and possibly fatal, consequences.

The most important thing when deciding whether or not it is safe to fly is to consult your doctor, as a medical professional is the only one able to give you the all clear to travel.

Whether or not you have booked your holiday already, you can use the buying power you share with other post-surgery patients to save money on your travel insurance. Join this group today to get a discounted quote.

Ronny Lavie By Ronny Lavie

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  • avatar for HowellHowell 1 month ago

    My wife had 2 operations on her spine the first in 1985 and the second in 2002. She has had no further treatment either from the hospital or doctors surgery since While in Egypt in June 2016 she ended up in hospital there. It was found that she was suffering from ACUTE SEVERE LEFT SACRO-ILIITIS. (not related to the previous surgeries or back operations). The insurance company have declined to pay out any of our expenses saying that we never declared the previous surgeries on their policy questionnaire. We have appealed and this has been rejected. The hospital expences were approximately £11.000. Is there anything else that can be done to sort out our problem. We are both pensioners in our late 70's.

  • avatar for BreanBrean (Bought By Many staff) 1 month ago

    Hi there Howell, Thanks a lot for getting in touch and I am terribly sorry to hear that. Unfortunately we have no direct control over the decision made by the insurer. It is possible to appeal the decision using the free Financial Ombudsman Service, simply click this link (http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/publications/technical_notes/travel-insurance.htm) to get more information on the process. You can also send us an email (enquiries@boughtbymany.com) with more details about the insurer and policy terms. We will look into the case and pass your feedback onto the provider as well. Again I am terribly sorry to hear about your situation and if we can give you any more information about appealing your claim, please do let us know.

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  • avatar for HowellHowell 1 month ago

    My wife had 2 operations on her spine the first in 1985 and the second in 2002. She has had no further treatment either from the hospital or doctors surgery since While in Egypt in June 2016 she ended up in hospital there. It was found that she was suffering from ACUTE SEVERE LEFT SACRO-ILIITIS. (not related to the previous surgeries or back operations). The insurance company have declined to pay out any of our expenses saying that we never declared the previous surgeries on their policy questionnaire. We have appealed and this has been rejected. The hospital expences were approximately £11.000. Is there anything else that can be done to sort out our problem. We are both pensioners in our late 70's.

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