AussieAl
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Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:27 pm

This is my first Topic Starter so I am hopeful I use the system correctly.

In August I am setting off on a RTW jaunt with 14 segments.

Since last flying I have had a Total Knee Replacement (TKR) with a titanium product. This I think could set off alarms.
I do have a card from the surgeon confirming the TKR. But this card is rather basic.

It is easy to view the scar on my leg.

I was wondering if any of you had come across any difficulties or strange procedural process relating to getting through security screening with a replacement knee? Would assume that a similar scenario could exist with hip replacements.
 
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:29 pm

My father had his knee replaced as well. He carries the same note with him and 99% of the time he has nver had a problem. The one time he did, all he had to do before taking his note out was show them his HUGE zipper scar and they figured it out. Go and have fun.
 
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:39 pm

My mom has had her knee and hip replaced. She just tells the screener and then they'll take her aside and do the screenings and pat downs with a hand held metal detector. It's not really a big issue. Just allow a little extra time.
 
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:45 pm

Same goes for my dad... worst that happens is they wand him if he sets off the walk-through scanners. You should be fine, just explain, be polite, calm, and patient.
 
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:47 pm

A few years ago I suffered a fractured femur and I had a titanium pin in my leg from my hip to my knee for a year. My surgeon gave me a note for it but I never had to use it. Most of the time it didn't even set off the magnometer. I think the only time it sounded the alarm was at the security checkpoint in Ceausescu's Palace in Bucharest, Romania. I told them I had the pin in my leg, they hand wanded me and I was through, no problem!

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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:00 pm

Quoting Flydl2atl (Reply 2):
She just tells the screener and then they'll take her aside and do the screenings and pat downs with a hand held metal detector. It's not really a big issue. Just allow a little extra time.

When I am at checkpoint this is usually the case. The passenger informs the officer at the walkthrough they have some type of metal implant then they walk though and the alarms go off. We take them aside. Not a big deal.

Its the people wth pasemakers I worry about. They tell us about it as they are walking through the metal detector!!! A big NO NO.
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:11 pm

Quoting Flydl2atl (Reply 2):
My mom has had her knee and hip replaced.

My mom broke her hip last July and had it screwed together. She was only 56 at the time and the doctor didn't want to replace the hip.. Any how, she has flew from STL six times in the last 5 months without incident. She has a doctors note, but has not needed it. She is coming to visit me next week and expects no problems.

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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:12 pm

I have quite a bit of hardware in my left ankle but it's never been a problem. It doesn't even set off the handheld detectors in my experience. Truthfully, the equipment seems a lot more sensitive to rivets on bluejeans than stainless or titanium medical products.
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:20 pm

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 5):
Its the people wth pasemakers I worry about. They tell us about it as they are walking through the metal detector!!! A big NO NO.

If it were a big no no I'd think there would be big gigantic blinking red warnings around the WTMD; are there? I don't recall any.

Given 1000 people with pacemakers, a few will forget their doc's warnings that walking through a magnetometer can be fatal (dunno if it's true, I'll assume that it is). It's generally a good thing to assume that people (not a specific person, but people) are idiots and will follow a crowd, even if it kills them.
 
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:08 pm

Back in January 2002, Rep. John Dingell had to strip to his boxers because of a hip replacement, but it sounds like it has gotten better over the years.
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:13 pm

Quoting AussieAl (Thread starter):
Since last flying I have had a Total Knee Replacement (TKR) with a titanium product. This I think could set off alarms.

My mum's new knee-TEP (total endoprothesis) did set off the alarm at HAJ but not at ZRH and the screeners at ZRH were surprised that she has a knee-TEP when we told them that we expected the detector to set off.
Apparently not only the machine's sensitity to set off alarm are set differently, but also the metals itself being detected are different per manufacturer / model ...
Anybody with more detailed technical knowledge here ?

My dad has hip-TEP's on both sides and is setting off alarms frequently, but after a few words and a manual search
everything was fine.

Neither one ever had to show their TEP-records; maybe also their age (72 & 80) plays a factor here, as the older the body gets the more likely it gets some metal in it.

--> So, don't be surprised if some detectors do not set off their alarm (the better for you) ...
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:25 pm

Quoting AussieAl (Thread starter):
I do have a card from the surgeon confirming the TKR. But this card is rather basic.

I don't know what the surgeon in OZ gave you, but my grandmother had a "purse size" (slightly larger than an ID size) XRAY of both her hips which had been replaced. Since she'd always set off the metal detector, she'd hand the cards to security, (now TSA) walk through, she'd beep, the'd pat her down quickly. I think the whole thing took a min or two more.

If you're in a wheelchait, add a couple of min to that, but not really that big a deal. If you have the XRAY proof, it seems to make things go faster. Most of the TSA are aware, and they are very professional for the most part.

Have a good trip!!
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:41 pm

Quoting Davescj (Reply 11):
my grandmother had a "purse size" (slightly larger than an ID size) XRAY of both her hips which had been replaced.

Out of curiosity: Would that be a personalized X-ray ? If it is that small in size, it might be difficult to read the patient's name on it ?

Quoting Davescj (Reply 11):
If you're in a wheelchait, add a couple of min to that,

But deduct a few minutes by usually being able to skip lines when being pushed in a wheel chair ...

Quoting Davescj (Reply 11):
Most of the TSA are aware, and they are very professional for the most part.

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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:32 pm

Quoting HT (Reply 12):
Out of curiosity: Would that be a personalized X-ray ? If it is that small in size, it might be difficult to read the patient's name on it ?

It was a laminated card deal, Xray on one side (or rather picture like thingy of an XRAY, as opposed to a "real" XRAY) and on the other side was name/addy of the DR and Name of Patient.
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:33 pm

Quoting Davescj (Reply 13):
It was a laminated card deal, Xray on one side (or rather picture like thingy of an XRAY, as opposed to a "real" XRAY) and on the other side was name/addy of the DR and Name of Patient.

Thanks for the info; sounds like a good and reasonable solution.
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RE: Replacement Knees And Security Screening

Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:42 am

Thanks for sharing the experiences. It is reassuring that no real difficulties have been exposed.

Still got to get through those SSSS checks. The wife and I copped a few of those on the last trip back in 2004/2005.

Thanks
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