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Posted : March 24, 2009
How soon can he return to diving ?
My Husband has recently had a disc decompression (L4/5) and a wallis spacer inserted. He is recovering well. Given no complications how long should he refrain from diving.
Posted : March 24, 2009
Hi there

Recovery from these sorts of procedures is usually fairly quick, within 2-3 weeks or so. However, lugging heavy wet dive kit about does put a lot of strain on the lower back, so I tend to be a bit more conservative as you don't want to injure an already weakened area again. 6 weeks or so and a graded return to diving should suffice.

Kind regards

Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
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