I am going away on a long overdue holiday and I'm wondering if there are any concerns about flying with severe hydronephrosis. I have recurrent ovarian cancer and a tumor is restricting the flow of urine out of my left kidney. I am booked to have a nephrostomy tube inserted the week after I come back (Sept 5th) but my doctor never mentioned anything about flying with this condition. I'm not in much pain, mostly just uncomfortable. My latest CT scan showed this issue to be severe. Do I need to be concerned? It's only a 4 hour flight, from Toronto to Calgary.
Thanks in advance,
If a kidney is being blocked it is definitely serious and I wouldn't go on any trip except to the nearest hospital/urologist and have that problem resolved. When the kidney is blocked, toxic waste starts to back up into the rest of your system, mainly your blood, poisoning your body. You get sick.
Thanks for your reply. My kidney has actually been backed up for years now, sometimes mildly sometimes severe. I've had 13 procedures to insert and remove uretic stents, but the last one they put in slipped out of place after a day or two, so it was removed and I took a break from them. My creatinine has always been within normal range (last one was 68) so I'm not too worried about poisioning my body - that's what my chemotherapy's for!
I guess I'm more concerned about cabin pressure etc...I haven't been on a plane in over 15 years and I don't know if the change in pressure will affect my already distressed kidney. I'm assuming that if that were a real concern, my urologist would have mentioned that to me, but I've also learned never to "assume" anything...
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