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Posted : March 13, 2012
Diving after breaking Clavicle and
I broke my left clavicle, which needed to be plated. The surgery was successful and other than the odd twinge everything seems to be fine.

I was just wondering if it is OK for me to dive again after the break. As I said everything feels fine, however I'm just a little worried about the weight of the scuba gear and also the fact that the plate isn't exactly deep under the skin.

Many Thanks
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Posted : March 14, 2012
Thanks for the email.

Normally a period of 3 months or so is enough to allow sufficient bone healing to occur. You're right to think about the practical issues of heavy gear, as the cylinder weight is substantial and puts strain on the shoulder joints if using a BCD. I'd suggest getting in the water first before kitting up and dekitting, at least initially, until your shoulder muscle strength and stability are back to normal.

The plate will be a lot stronger than bone so don't worry about it being near the skin surface. It is not susceptible to pressure changes and ultimately shouldn't stop you diving at all.

Hope that helps

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