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Posted : May 27, 2010
Hi Doc, After having several pieces of shrapnel removed from my brain and some which had to be left in there, and a large titanium plate screwed on, is it ok for me to make some shallow dives of say up to 20 metres.

Posted : May 27, 2010
Thanks for the query.

This one needs very careful assessment, as we need to be sure that the brain is protected from any external pressure changes that might damage it. Most injuries like this involved a craniotomy (where they open up the skull to remove the shrapnel), and this can leave the brain susceptible to pressure. There are also issues with post-traumatic seizures, medications etc.

You will need to see a qualified diving doc with all the documented details of your surgery. Even shallow dives might cause a problem, so do this before you get in the water.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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