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About 2 months ago I suffered a wound to the forehead that required 27 stitches internal and external. The stitches are out and is healing nicely. I asked my non-diving personal physician about when I could go diving again due to possible pressure related issues and he said to wait one year!!
Assuming that you had no BRAIN injury associated with the head wound, you were safe to dive within a few days of the original suturing. If there was concussion associated, that's a different story, and the diving restriction would depend on the severity of the brain injury.
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About 2 months ago I suffered a wound to the forehead that required 27 stitches internal and external. The stitches are out and is healing nicely. I asked my non-diving personal physician about when I could go diving again due to possible pressure related issues and he said to wait one year!!David
Given the absence of brain injury, complications of the suture healing process or other medical issues that pose a threat to safe SCUBA, the basis for the recommendation to wait a year before diving is entirely unclear. Did the doctor provide a rationale for this recommendation? If not, perhaps it would be informative to inquire about the reasons.
Provided that the sutures have healed well and without complication, there is no apparent reason to forego diving.
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It is hard to second guess the opinion of the treating physician. I would leave a message for him to call you back, see if he can explain his logic. Or see another doctor in the same surgical group, and get a second opinion.
What would be logical is if you lacerated the great temporal artery, or if your surgeon cut the vessel - he or she might feel uncomfortable about your wearing a mask, until reperfusion occur from another vascular area. But still, I think it is a little too conservative.
What happens when we practice in this sue happy society, is that the cover my a$$ mode kicks in, and we don't give any opinions, except the most conservative.
Back to the OP's question, I do understand that some plastic surgeon are meticuluous about post operative care. Perhaps he doesn't want any friction on the wound, and suggest that you give up diving, to let the collagen mature better, before subjecting it to irritation.