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Nasal cavity surgeries and the effects on divers

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by lowlysubaruguy, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. lowlysubaruguy

    lowlysubaruguy Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: The Gorge
    Im about to have jaw surgery or even surgeries if it takes more than one. Part of which is a nasal cavity lift or relocation.

    The healing time is a month to a year. Doctor does think it will not affect my diving after healing. But that’s an unknown until it’s over. Could damage be done to my nasal cavity here that would affect my diving.

    Another Question my oral surgeon cannot answer is how long to expect for down time as far as being able to dive. Anyone know what I might expect. If it helps the area is in the rear upper jaw for bone graft an implant. Long story here but my jawbone is degraded enough that it may not even work. Ive lived with it for many years and could just back out and continue life without this procedure.
  2. EastEndDiver

    EastEndDiver Captain

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Long Island NY
  3. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    I don't do these kinds of operations, but one issue that I would ask about would be the possibility of a problem equalizing your sinuses on descent and ascent. Not sure exactly what you are having done, but if it is a LeFort osteotomy that involves making bone cuts through the maxillary sinuses. There is some evidence that this can cause sinus disease, so ventilation might be an issue. Hopefully, you will be able to equalize after surgery. You might also need a secondary procedure on the sinuses. Maybe ask your doc about that.
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  4. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
    Bone graft, sinus lift and implant is fairly simple stuff these days. Google the terms to get more comfortable.

    You do need to make sure you have a few weeks to heal a bit after each procedure before you go diving.
  5. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
    P.s. I am not a tooth doctor, just a patient that successfully completed the long drawn out process recently.
  6. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    There are not a lot of DAN ENT's out there. Hopefully one is close to you. Duke is always an option. I talked briefly on the phone to someone there after sinus surgery and found it very helpful, but "medical advice" will almost always require the physician examine you in person. Get a digital copy of any imaging performed before and after surgery and the surgical report and any lab or pathology reports generated if you plan to see anyone. Good luck!

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