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When can I get back in the water?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by R A Diver, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. R A Diver

    R A Diver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Sugar Grove, North Carolina
    Following a kick in the face in early December, at 65' down, I had a serious water problem in the middle ear. Last week I had the ear drum operated on with a small puncture wound. The Doc said the major covering would close up over night. Learned the ear drum has three layers, interesting!
    They did not place a tube as this would have prevented any diving for a year. I've just started diving and don't want any more delays.
    Question is: It's too cold to dive(I live in the NC Mountains, it was -3 last week) but want to get back in the pool to practice and build myself up to dive in April.
    Any ideas on how long I should wait till getting back in the pool?
    By the April trip I will have had the classroom work completed on four certifications and am hoping to complete the open water dives then.
    Any suggestions, guidance or advice appreciated.
    Robert A Diver
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009
  2. lemon

    lemon Barracuda

    The eardrum heals pretty quick. It sounds like you just had tympanocentesis done, which isn't a particular major procedure. I would run it by your ENT but I suspect you'll get a green light.
  3. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    Again this is not the best place to obtain medical advise. Call your doc and get the answer from him. Better safe than Scuba Board. :wink:

    Gary D.
  4. Belce

    Belce Divemaster

    # of Dives:
    Location: Victoria, BC
    Yep, when it comes to medical safety questions best thing is to talk to the doctor involved with questions like that. They are there, they did it, they have the expertise. Even a doctor on this forum isn't qualified to provide the advice you seek without examining you.
  5. lemon

    lemon Barracuda

    Agreed. I suspect your limiting factor may be the reason why you required the tympanocentesis and not the actual procedure itself. Talk to your ENT doc.
  6. vlkr

    vlkr Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: venice
    i was once a dm. the operator's wife is a very good md and a diver. i remember her telling me that the one injury which she thinks divers should be most concerned about is ears. i guess what i am saying is play this one safe.

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