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scuba diving after discetomy

tigerlillyttigerlilly Posts: 26
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Exercise and Rehab
any one been diving after a micro discetomy
many thanks


  • I used to be an avid diver. I have a friend that is a Police Diver and qualified paramedic and unqualified diving doctor, based on the 35 years that I have known and dived with him. I've had 4 x fusion op's.

    He has told me that my diving days are gone and snorkeling is it. I would prefer to stab myself with a spoon than snorkel.

    He suggested that due to the scar tissue that is present, there is an increased risk of neurological decompression illness.

    A surgeon that is a qualified diving doctor and also operated on me said that diving would be ok after 1 years lay-off. I am now suing that person for other reasons.

    My advice is that you see a neurological surgeon that knows about diving he sees what he suggests.

    Good luck & I hope that you are pain free!

    Kind regards
    More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
  • I went back to diving after lots of work on my spine. I did this with the blessings of my neurosurgeon, neurologist and PM doc. (click on my username to see what has been done) I even went back to diving my doubles where there were long walks across the reef for entry and exits. I would carry my camera gear and deco bottle as well. While it is true that scar tissue has more of a tendency to trap gas, if you have good profile practices and good accent control, this can all be controlled to reduce or eliminate the possibility of bubble formation. Knowing that the risk is higher, made me a better and smarter diver. I even dive with my spinal cord stimulator which limits my depth now, so I can no longer do the 130' plus dives.

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