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Scuba Diving after a knee replacement?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by FCBayern, Jan 25, 2019.

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    Has anyone here had experience with scuba post TKR? I'm scheduled to go to the Caribbean in late may and I'm hoping I can dive.
     
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    Hello, @FCBayern
    I've moved your post to a thread of its own. I think you'll get more answers that way. Your post was also off-topic in the thread where you placed it.

    It will only be 4 months since your TKR when you go to the Caribbean. Since complete recovery from a TKR takes a full year, 4 months may be a bit soon for your knee.

    I haven't done scuba diving , but I have snorkeled with a knee replacement.

    I found that using flippers for snorkeling did put a strain on my new knee. I had to kick mostly with the other leg, and even then I had to reduce the amount of time I spent in the water. The flippers put much more strain on my knee than swimming without flippers did.

    I can't offer any advice about whether or not the rest of your body will be fit enough for scuba 4 months after major surgery. I think you should ask your own doctor about that, and possibly have a medical examination. The last thing you need is to have problems while you're under water. Better safe than sorry!
     
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    I do think 4 months might be pushing it. My sister and her husband dive a lot and she got back to diving after knee replacement but it was more like 9 months out for her. If you try it, be sure you have a quick way back if you tire more quickly than you anticipate. Just hanging in the water and ascending slowly probably won't be bad but a lot of swimming with flippers may well create tiredness/discomfort with the knee.
     
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    I just saw your thread. I'm a diver and did my first dive at 6 mos. post-surgery. I found the tank was too heavy to enter from the shore, so I had to gear-up in the water. This won't be a problem if you're boat diving. I bought new split fins so there wasn't as much pressure on my knee as blade fins can create. I think the main thing that was hard for me was that I became tired very quickly. I can honestly say that I don't think I would have felt safe diving at 4 months post TKR, but everything will depend on you and how quickly you recover. Your experience as a diver will matter too. Best of luck.
     
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    Are you still going this month? I didn’t dive til about 8 months but needed help with gear and struggled with the boat ladder. Underwater I was fine. But even the giant stride depending on my TKR leg angel was felt on entering the water. Since then I have dove several times and this last time last month which was two years plus post TKR - had not thought about my knee at all!!!

    Good luck and have fun, just adjust and be willing to ask for help.


    Right TKR 27 December 2016
     

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