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WHY CAN’T MELANIA FLY? SURGEON EXPLAINS AVOIDING TRAVEL FOR MONTHS IS ‘EXTREME’ BUT ‘NOT A BAD IDEA’

President Donald Trump has announced that Melania Trump cannot fly for 30 days.

The First Lady had a kidney embolization on May 14, a simple procedure done to intentionally block off a blood vessel in the kidney.

More than a month later, President Trump says his wife will be skipping the officials trips to Canada and Singapore, because she needs to ‘recover’.

Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist at Orlando Health who often performs surgeries like Mrs Trump’s, told DailyMail.com patients are typically advised not to travel for around a month after their operation.

Any longer is more ‘extreme’ but ‘it’s not a bad idea’.

‘As a surgeon, the biggest thing we worry about after a procedure is blood clots,’ Dr Brahmbhatt told DailyMail.com.

‘When it comes to travel, we tend to worry a lot about that. You run a higher risk of blood clots, and you get dehydrated which can increase your risk of issues, especially if you’re traveling far.

‘It depends on the doctor at to how extreme they take it.

‘If the patient has to travel, there are medications we can put them on like blood thinners.

‘So, it’s rare [to avoid travel two months after surgery] but if you have the option, it’s not a bad idea.’

He added: ‘As doctors, we also like patients to be close.’ 

Embolizations are minor operations, with relatively low risks of complications or side effects.

In very rare cases, patients may have a bad reaction to the dye used in the procedure.

More commonly, some have discomfort or minor bleeding after an embolization, and as such they are monitored over night.

Some people develop fever, weakness and nausea, a temporary condition called ‘post-embolization syndrome,’ that usually subsides within a few days.



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