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#399528 - 02/04/11 09:18 PM Diving Question
KaraokeJoe Offline
I'm having orthroscopic surgery on my shoulder 18 Feb, coming to AC 19 Mar. Looking to possibly get scuba certified. I'm wondering if there would be any problems with diving that soon after surgery, or what the criteria are?
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#399530 - 02/04/11 09:26 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: KaraokeJoe]
champion Offline
Good luck with that after surgery! You think 1 mo is enough healing time?
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#399531 - 02/04/11 09:30 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: KaraokeJoe]
SP Daily Offline
Get your doctor/surgeon's advice...not this message board!

#399532 - 02/04/11 09:30 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: KaraokeJoe]
kathyw Offline
Is it your rotator cuff? If so you won't be ready. That takes months to heal.

#399534 - 02/04/11 09:38 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: kathyw]
KaraokeJoe Offline
According to the doctor I should have between 90 and 100% recovery after 1 month, and activities could be determined by what I felt up for. That's why I wanted to ask people that know far more about diving than I do, based on what they know about range of motion and strength issues required for diving. Just trying to plan in advance as much as possible.
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#399537 - 02/04/11 10:00 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: KaraokeJoe]
seashell Offline
Which shoulder and which is your dominant arm?
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#399538 - 02/04/11 10:02 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: seashell]
KaraokeJoe Offline
Surgery will be on left arm. Dominant arm tends to be right, except for writing and pistols.
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#399541 - 02/04/11 10:25 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: KaraokeJoe]
seashell Offline
In my not so humble opinion, you won't be ready. First let me tell you that I have suffered shoulder problems off and on for a number of years. Diving activity has on occasion aggravated that, and on other occasions, my shoulder problems have made my diving activity difficult and that is with significant number of dives/years of diving under my weight belt.

Let us not even discuss what can be involved with rotation, getting in and out of wetsuits, and BCD,s. It is your left arm that you will have to use to manage your power inflation hose. At a minimum, that will require you to raise your left arm almost straight up.

Assuming you will be boat diving, a more significant issue, is managing the ladder upon entering the boat from the ocean. If you were an experienced diver, you may be able to remove all of your gear in the water, without the necessity of ever holding onto the ladder, and then, use only your good shoulder to assist yourself on climbing the ladder, and all this in ideal conditions. Should the seas be rough, the pull of the ladder on your shoulder, as the boat rises, falls, bobs and weaves, could be very bad for you.

Again, I'm not a doctor, and I'm not trying to play one on the internet . . . just a dive fanatic, who's had her share of shoulder problems, and I'm saying wait until you are completely healed. Give it six months at least. If you are going to be living on the island and haven't dived yet, that shouldn't be a hardship, whereas, messing up your newly constructed shoulder . . . well . . .
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#399548 - 02/04/11 11:08 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: seashell]
KaraokeJoe Offline
Thanks, I really appreciate the advice. Looks like we'll stick to snorkeling this trip! smile
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#399713 - 02/07/11 04:22 PM Re: Diving Question [Re: KaraokeJoe]
MathieusDeli Offline
contact DAN (Diver's alert network) - there has been recent research into diving after surgery, concerning the ability of healing scar tissue to eliminate the nitrogen. Check out with DAN.
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