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Posted : July 23, 2010
Are there any restrictions to diving after artificial disc replacement surgery? I
I had the surgery 5 years ago (ActivL disc at L5/S1) and apart from some occcasional back pain, usually brought on by too little activity rather than too much, I am fit and well. I have done a couple of instructor-assisted dives over the past two years and want to do my PADI over water training. Would appreciate any advice. I intend to avoid carrying heavy equipment wherever possible!
Posted : July 23, 2010
Thanks for the query Vicky.

Diving with a disc replacement is fine as long as you don't have persistent neurological disturbance. If you do then I'd suggest getting this mapped out first (for example, if you have a patch of numbness or altered sensation anywhere). Obviously you need to take practical precautions to avoid putting undue strain on the lower back (kitting and dekitting in the water, taking care with ladders etc.) but otherwise you should be fine to dive.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
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