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Posted : October 20, 2010
Diving after minor surgery to remove sebaceous cyst on the neck - how long do I have to wait?
I am due to have a very minor surgery to remove a sebacious / epidermoid cyst on my neck. It will result in a 1-1.5cm long wound.I am due to have this procedure 2.5 weeks before I go on a diving holiday. Is that enough time to recover from the surgery - ie wound to heal. Also are there any added dangers involved with diving with a newly formed scar / after minor surgery in the skin?

If it is likely to be a problem I can try to postpone the procedure, but I would prefer to have it all sorted before I go away.

Thanks for your help.
Posted : October 21, 2010
Hi and thanks for the query.

The skin in this area is reasonably adept at healing, and it is a small wound, but my concern would be the strength of the repair at 2.5 weeks. If it's in an area likely to be subjected to friction/abrasion from BCD straps then you're better off postponing. Otherwise, provided the skin edges have sealed together, keep it protected with an adherent dressing and keep a close eye for any signs of infection.

Hope that helps

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