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    Trimix/decompression diving after a bone fracture

    Hi all,

    I had a mountainbike crash that broke bones from left wrist and left hand. My forearm got a titanium enhancement with 11 screws and a cast to heal bones that cannot be screwed in the hand.

    I have asked opinions about diving from two doctors, one specialised in orthopedics and another in sports medicine. Both suggested diving should be fine after 3 months from the crash, assuming the fractures have healed well. However, I'm not sure if they understood meaning of word "decompression".

    DAN Europe suggests 6 months after the crash before decompression dives: link
    DAN AP suggests diving is fine after "satisfactory healing", whatever it means, and the document doesn't mention decompression dives: link

    My planned diving involves 1-2 hours decompressions, diluent gas 10/70.

    Do the bone fracture, bone screws, high helium mix and longer deco stops cause additional considerations to when I could get wet again?

    Mika

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    Re: Trimix/decompression diving after a bone fracture

    Hi,
    I had a similar problem last year. I broke my elbow in a Mountainbike crash and had already booked a trip to Malin Head 10 weeks later. After wearing the cast for about 4 weeks and doing some therapy and training the doc said I was good to go. I went and had no issues with decompression. Dives went down to 80m with up to 2hrs runtime. However I was thankful for the deckhand to help me clip on the stages on the rocking boat.

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    Re: Trimix/decompression diving after a bone fracture

    Broke my L4 lumbar vertebrae back on 23 June. Luckily the spinal cord was not damaged but I was in a lot of pain for a few weeks. As soon as I realized what kind of opiates I was taking, I quit taking them. The next good news was that the break was stable and didn't need to be glued back together.
    My physiotherapist still scares me, since I get the feeling that he believes in winning or dieing, but the advances that I have made in the last 4 weeks have been phenominal. Wednesday I lifted one of my 42Kg LiFePO4 scooters for the first time in 6 weeks, and it didn't hurt. Told this to my physiotherapist today, and he responded that it sounds like it's time to start diving again.

    Sunday after next, I'll be back in the water with my SF2 backmount, Flex as a selfcontained sidemount BOB combo doing a 50m dive with @100-120min runtime. The deco is going to get serious padding though and the Flex BOB will stay at the water's edge for at least an hour after the dive.

    Not being able to dive for the last 5 weeks has been hell. Its like what a nymphomaniac goes through when the doctor tells her "no SEX for 6 weeks".

    8 years ago I had spiral fractures in my right tibia and fibula, pinned, plated and screwed. Was using crutches for almost 6 months but I was back doing deco dives 4 weeks after the operation (my buddies had to carry all the gear into the water and put it on me along with only 1 fin, and then put my crutches back on the shore.). My excuse was that hyperbaric therapy helps heal difficult breaks that otherwise would take longer to heal It Worked!

    IOW Diving isn't going to hurt you, but you might want to seriously pad your deco until the blood flow to and through the damaged bones is back to normal.

    Michael
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    Re: Trimix/decompression diving after a bone fracture

    Ouch! Please don’t do that again.

    As a younger man I took specialty courses and became a decompression chamber operator which is something but far short of an MD. Injury like the one you have had and for that matter any kind of injury that results in scar tissue that restricts or impairs circulation can become problematic and a site for decompression hits. Unfortunately there is no way to predict how big a problem, if any, this might be for you. If I was in your position I would increase my decompression safety factor 20% above what ever you a current decompressing on for a year and if there are no problems then cut it back to 10% above your current safety factor. Thousands of divers have had all sorts of injuries and continue to dive with no decompression problems.

    If however you want to live to be a 110 years old:

    1. Quit diving
    2. Quit sex
    3. Quit drinking

    You may not live to 110 but it will sure feel like it. Good luck,
    SM

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    Re: Trimix/decompression diving after a bone fracture

    I think the bigger issue is being able to pull yourself up the boat ladder than deco.

    The key to avoiding issues with decompression is doing enough of it.

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    Re: Trimix/decompression diving after a bone fracture

    I think that both of us will, at least in the beginning have to climb boat ladders using the strength in our legs and just using the upper body and arms to maintain stability while climbing. I'll certainly need help getting back onto the platform since the railing ends at platform level instead of 3 feet above it.

    Michael

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