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Posted : June 7, 2010
My husband has just had surgery for the removal of his stomach due to cancer., After surgery he developed a chest infection which in turn caused and Empyema. He had to have a broncosopy followed by surgery to remove the empyema, he was then ventilated for a week before have a tracheostomy fitted for two weeks. He is now on the road to recovery. He wishes to start diving again as soon as possible, and wuld like to know if he would be able to dive again.


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Posted : June 7, 2010
Thanks for the query.

This is controversial as any surgery to the lung tissue can cause scarring, which predisposes the diver to pulmonary barotrauma in the future. Most dive docs would advise a high resolution CT scan following surgery to ensure the lung tissue is not obviously scarred and there are no other predisposing factors (eg. pulmonary blebs).

If the scan is normal and the lung function tests good then diving again is feasible, but as I'm sure you'd appreciate we need to make sure it's as safe as possible.

Regards

Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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