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    We recommend a small deflation prior to a long haul flight especially if your final destination is in an isolated place. The increased altitude and dry cabin pressure means that bands usually tighten during a long haul flight. Tiny airbubbles in the fluid expand increasing the restriction. The drying cabin pressure thickens secretions in the gullet making everything feel stickier and tighter. A simple 0.5-1ml is usually adequate.

    We recommend avoiding alcohol where possible as it is very dehydrating. Also drink a small bottle of water for every hour of flight time. The problem has usually resolved within 6 hours of landing provided you have not been vomiting on the flight.

    Be warned that no travel insurance will ever cover for band related problems overseas. If you are lucky enough to find a bariatric team, you could pay up to $2000 for be assessed and have an emergency band deflation in the USA. It is easier to avoid the problem having a small defill before you go.

    If you are worried about being overseas with no caregiver, drop us an email before you go and we will tell you of any teams that we know at your location.

    Bon voyage


    Does anyone have any info regarding gastric bypass and travel?

    I am pre op and wondering how long after you have to wait to fly?

    Also have read on here that insurance does not cover band related issues. Is it the same for bypass? Thanks. Lisa.

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