For surgery on the arms and upper extremities, the risk of developing blood clots, etc, AFTER surgery is unknown, but thought to be very low. No one knows the true risk. In my experience, one week is fine. I've never had anyone get a blood clot with those guidelines.
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when flying long distance because you are sat down for long periods of time with limited opportunities to move around. You are also more likely to become dehydrated, dehydration can cause the blood to become thicker than usual. Deep vein thrombosis is often referred to as Economy Class Syndrome, this is incorrect as people sat in first class are equally at risk. Deep vein thrombosis can happen in other types of long journeys as well.
When flying you should follow these guidelines set by British Airways:
Further information from PreventDisease.com: Flying Far? Watch for DVT
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