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Posted : August 27, 2010
Hi I had on operation 6 weeks ago to correct a hiatus hernia (fundoplication) how long before i can resume diving, also are there any restrictions on depth deco after this procedure?

Posted : October 21, 2010
Thanks for the query, and apologies for the delayed response.

Fundoplication is a procedure where a portion of the stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the oesophagus (foodpipe) to treat a hiatus hernia and prevent reflux of acid. It's very effective, but can cause something called "gas bloat" syndrome, where you're unable to burp, leading to an accumulation of gas in the stomach or gut. This would be worrying in terms of diving, as any trapped gas could lead to barotrauma on ascent. However it's a rare complication and if it does occur, it usually resolves within 2-4 weeks after the operation.

So provided you don't have any complications now, then diving should be fine. There are no particular depth restrictions after a procedure like this.

Hope that helps

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