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All questions are answered by Dr Oliver Firth, one of the doctors at the London Diving Chamber. Dr Firth has had a wide variety of experience as a doctor in both the UK and Australia. He writes regularly for ‘Sport Diver’ Magazine and gives talk on hyperbaric medicine.

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Question - can you dive after sucessfull surgery for repair of pneumothorax??
when i was 18 i had some spontanious pneumothorax. this was sucessfully repaired with thoroscopic stappling of bullae and plural abrasion. after a ...

Question - Dr I had a cataract operation some 6 weeks ago. I know I can not dive for 3 months however does this include work in a pool as I am an instructor ...

Question - Sorry, didn't tick the 'read the terms' box before posting my question, so not sure if it got to you. My partner is 50 and is and epileptic. His ...

Question - Dear Dr Eden, I have wanted to learn to dive for a long time but I have never got around to it. I am ready now, however in the last few weeks I h ...

Question - Is it possible to have decompression symptoms 5 days after diving (back pain) are are they most probably not connected? dive profile :oxygen 21% ...

Question - My query follows on from MaryCBerry's. How do I find a 'dive doctor' in my area and obtain a 'suitability to dive medical assessment'?
Have been diabetic for past 34 years, controlled by insulin injections and diet. Never dived before, but am looking to learn this winter in Red S ...

Question - Shortness of breath /unable to breath after Laparotomy
I under went a Laparotomy in April this year and since then have suffered from shortness of breath on occassions ,I have dived several times down ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - Hi - About three years ago I suffered an episode of SVT (very fast heart rate 150bpm +) which required reversing in A&E. I had tests following thi ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - I am a keen diver but have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Am I still allowed to dive?
my email address is
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - Have recently had a thyroidectomy & am now permanently on thyroxin. Will this have any affect on my ability to continue with my regular dive holi ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - How do you become a dive dr?
I'm a final year medical student, currently completing my rescue diving course and wondered how you get into dive medicine? It sounds like a great ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - Hi there. I am a 28 year old male who has alsways wanted to take up diving. Unfortunately several years ago on my first attempt I found I was unab ...
I can equalise in my left ear with no problems.
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - i suffer with high blood presure at the moment and i take medication for this at the moment it is fine but would this condition ruin my dive activ ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - Blocked ear valve!!
After diving it sometimes takes upto a week for my ears to clear i get a feeling as if they have still got water in them. i dived last about thre ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - Diving with MS: Should they dive?
Person diagnosed 6yrs ago with relapsing imitting MS and had issues for 5yrs before dx. Been diving (AOW nitrox) for 8yrs. Uses rebiff (44) a ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
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