When going to the airport to catch a flight today in the United States, we must pass through several checkpoints to assure that safety and security is established. In getting processed to fly everyone must pass through a metal detection device as part of the examination process.
After having a either a hip, knee or shoulder replacement the prosthesis that has been inserted will set off the alarm and this can in most cases get you placed to the side for a pat-down and being checked over with the wand which is another metal detection apparatus.
I have flown out of many US airports and airports overseas as well an the outcome for the most part is the same. Carrying an identification card that indicates you have had a joint replacement of some type will not matter.
Producing the actual incision where the replacement was completed will still get you checked out in the booth that is located pass the metal detection devices.
The delay is minimal and really does not present a problem regarding time involved. It is recommended that you get to the airport early and anticipate this procedure.
There is some former patients that have had some concerns going through metal detection devices that the machines can possibly cause some loosening of the prosthesis feeling that there is some magnetic component involved. There is absolutely no evidence of this at this time and really should not be a concern.
Most orthopedic surgeons today will not provide an identification card or bring the issue up to you unless they are pressed on the subject by yourself regarding the replacement.
The matter of setting off the metal detection alarm whether at the airport or local courthouse just gives you a few minutes of individual attention.
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