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Travelling with Joint Replacements

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Travel insurance for joint replacements. There are several joint replacement operations available these days, but knee and hip replacements are by far the most common.

Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint. It’s a routine operation for knee pain most commonly caused by arthritis. A hip replacement is a common type of surgery where a damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis). It might be necessary for you to have a hip replacement if one (or both) of your hip joints becomes damaged and causes you persistent pain or problems with everyday activities such as walking, driving and getting dressed.

Whilst knee and hip replacements are more common; shoulder, ankle and even elbow or finger joint replacements are also performed. Sometimes this is in the form of a complete replacement, or sometimes resurfacing a joint can be done instead.

Travel Insurance for Joint Replacements

ERGO Medi-Care was created to be able to give those with existing medical conditions the ability to get travel insurance that allows you to continue travelling. We want to help you ‘Get Out There’ and we don’t believe that your medical conditions should be a barrier to that!


Medical Screening with Joint Replacement conditions

A travel insurer will need to understand your medical conditions and any replacement joints before providing you with a travel insurance policy. This is why ERV’s Medi-Care offers a thorough online screening process or the option to call our team and have someone help you through a telephone medical screening process.

Everybody is an individual and will have their own requirements relating to their joint replacement, but the list below will give you some indication as to the type of questions you might be asked when completing the medical screening.

  • Why was the joint replacement or resurfacing performed?
  • How many joint replacement or joint resurfacing operations have you had?
  • Do you currently use any mobility aids because of your joint problem?
  • Has your joint replacement ever dislocated?
  • Are you waiting for further joint replacement surgery?


Travelling with a Joint Replacement

If ypou’ve had a joint replaced, you will be probably be well aware of how to cope on a regular basis, but from time to time we come across some great tips for other people who do plenty of travelling and wanted to share some of those tips with you so that you might learn a new one or two!

Below is a small collection of useful travel tips that might help you when planning your next holiday or overseas trip.

Travel Planning

If you are taking any medication, you speak to your GP about your requirements and whether you should consider taking extra medication for the duration of the trip. You could take more in case of delays, but you should also speak with your GP about ant changes to your schedule if you are travelling across time zones.Although it’s becoming less of a problem as joint replacements become more prevalent, some replacements that contain metal parts can set off airport security scanners, so expect to take a little longer through customs as you’ll most likely be called aside and ‘wanded’ before being allowed through.

It’s quite possible that you won’t be able travel (or at least fly) for anywhere between 3 and 6 months after having a joint replacement operation, so don’t plan your trip too close to any surgery.

Diet & Exercise

When it comes to diet, you’re more than likely be wanting to keep the weight off so as not to add too much pressure on that new joint. This will of course be the same as at home, but it’s all too easy to put on a bit of weight when you’re ‘in holiday mode’!You will want to keep all your joints moving (not just the new one) on the plane, so do a few simple simple stretches of all your joints and get up and walk about if you can as this will stop you ceasing up and running the risk of DVT.

Try to avoid sitting on low seats, like a deckchair for example, as getting back out again will put pressure on both your hips and knees. You should also think about taking an ice pack if possible, this will help relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Activities & Facilities

If you use some form of mobility aid, it might be a good idea to speak to the hotel before you arrive to see if the building is easily accessible for wheelchairs or how many steps there are to tackle with a walking stick.You would also need to consider this when travelling, and most airports and airlines are extremely helpful – but you’ll need to pre-warn them that you may need assistance so don’t wait until you arrive at the terminal.


When you have a medical condition, much of the preparation can be on dealing with your medication. Your schedule could change if you travel across time zones and you should ask your GP for advice on how best to deal with this and any changes to dosages.Ensure that any medication can safely be taken to your destination country too, as some countries have much stricter rules on which drugs can be taken into their country.

Related Conditions

This information could also be of use to you if you suffer from the following pre-existing medical conditions:

Knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, ankle replacement, elbow replacement


Medi-Care Disclaimer

This content provides general information for travellers who may have a pre-existing medical condition. All pre-existing medical conditions will need to be declared when applying for travel insurance and are taken into account on an individual basis when quoting for your policy.

Pre-Existing Medical Condition: Any past, current or reoccurring medical condition which has been diagnosed, investigated or treated at any time prior to travel, even if this condition is considered to be stable and under control.

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