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Posted : November 12, 2014
Indirect Inguinal Hernial - just diagnosed and holiday in 4 weeks HELP
Hi, I have my dream dive holiday booked to go to Borneo to dive at the famous Sipadan in 4 weeks time - I an 37, thought I had pulled a muscle but I have last week been diagnosed with an indirect inguinal hernia 7-8mm in size. I have a small bit of pain but nothing major. I have nothing sticking out that pops or any bulges (I am female also)

I was recently diving in August and had no problems at all did about 10 dives in total.

My doctor is unable to advise and I am waiting to speak to the surgeon as I have been referred for surgery but I cannot speak to him for another 2 weeks and I am going out of my mind as to whether I can still dive.

I am from London and going on a 3 week adventure...to cancel this trip is not an option as my friend is diving there too so to just it and watch will be torture- can anyone offer any advice as to whether its ok to dive. I have read so much about strangulation etc not sure if there is a decent hospital in Semporna if things go wrong.

HELP anyone with info would be great
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Posted : November 14, 2014
Thanks for the query.

The risk of diving with any sort of hernia is that of gas becoming trapped, which can then contract and expand on descent and ascent, potentially rupturing the surrounding tissues. Provided the hernia is reducible and not giving you any symptoms, the risk of gas trapping is likely to be small.

I would suggest that we see you for a “fit to dive” medical to assess you in person. If all is well, we can issue the appropriate paperwork at the appointment.

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