Scuba Diving and broken bones

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  1. Jwinter

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    I recectly fell on my way to work, on some ice. In the process I broke my ankle and fractured my fiblula in several places and part of it shattered when it broke. I have since had surgery and have been at home on leave recovering. I have a plate and 4 screws (at least) and wire holding the bones together. The wire is going to come out in the future but not sure if near or a little down the road.

    My question is if anyone knows will this cause problems in SCUBA diving once it has healed? ie... keep me from diving or any other problems for that matter.

    It happened i have surgery photos to prove it for the doubters.

    Thanks in advance,
    Jwinter
     
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    bwphoto Lifetime Member

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    I'd image you would be fine, but I'm only a diver myself. Might talk to a dive doc if you're really concerned, or take easier dives first, as you get back in to it.
     

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    My wife had her leg broke in 33 places had over 25 surgery's they wanted to amputate but she would have no part of it, after we moved to Florida I dove she wanted to so we found an instructor who worked with handicapped instruction she got certified got to dive on the reefs in the keys and was as deep as 100' off West palm beach, the only trouble she had was getting in and out of the water with the heavy weights involved in diving, she only dove for a year, but she did it, we both have retired our dive gear and no longer dive but for a year we dove together
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    I know sometimes recent dental work can cause trouble..air pocket in the fillings or something... In my limited knowledge and diving experience I haven't heard anything about broken bones, but would be hesitant if it wasn't fully healed.
     
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    How on earth does one break their leg in 33 places?
     
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    Very, Very Painfully.......
     
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    If you were to fully recover, I doubt that it will affect your SCUBA diving any.
     
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    Check with a hyperbaric Doc.
    Should be mostly OK.
    Some distress from differential pressure compression/expansion may occur.

    Take it slow every 33ft.
    Do not push it.
    Avoid decompression dives until sure.
    YMMV

    Check with hyperbaric Doc.
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    As a former tech diver who spent his free time at or between 60 to 80 meters.. I got sense and stopped doing that stuff. You should be good to go provided you stay with recreational limits, in other words no mixed gasses before you have seen a dive specialist.

    On the other hand I have seen and felt what happens following bad dental work, having a molar blow out at 30 meters is no fun when you still have 40 minutes deco time ahead of you.
     
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    thanks for all your replies. i will check with one of the dive IDC docs at work or put a call our email in to who it needs to go.
     
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    Good advice (even thou if is from a woman) :tongueout: for a major break.

    I've broken every finger and toe, both wrists, and a jaw (throughout my life, not all at once thankfully)

    Never had any diving related issues. Last dive was in june '09 - total of 25 dives in 6 days, spent more than 24 total hours underwater.

    We Dive at 5

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  12. Jwinter

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    id say it was a major break. Its never good when the xray guy in the back go oh $^&*. And all the other medical place at ur work want to see the xrays and all go eww nasty.

    if these photos do upset someone please pm and ill take them down.
     
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    Thats a nasty break! Good pics though :)

    I'd say once your fully healed you should be fine, although still checked with a doctor.

    The only thing I can think of is air bubbles from pressure forming around scar tissue, I remember my instructor touching on this but thats about it. That said I have plenty of scars including one that streches from side to side on my chest (broke all my ribs in one go, plus some other bits :)) I'm currently doing my masters and just finished my wreck diving, we did 3 dives down to 30-35m last week I havent had any problems.