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Posted : May 5, 2009
Hi there, I've just found out that I have a hernia....the groin type. I realize that open water dives will be a no-no (gas expansion,etc) , but will I be able to take part in my upcoming Sport Diver course pool work, or will I have to wait until I've fully recovered from the op?
Thanks in advance.

Posted : May 7, 2009
Thanks for the query.

Pool work will be fine, and in reality many small reducible groin hernias do not cause a problem in open water. Gas expansion and contraction is only an issue when the gas can't escape, ie. when the hernia is trapped or twisted for some reason. In most situations the gas can move and be expelled from one or other end of the gut.

Best of luck with the op.

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