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Scuba Diving After DVT?
Started by Jacques
Posted: December 6, 2006 at 20:03
Has anyone heard any recommendations on whether or not someone could return to scuba diving after having a DVT? I'm scheduled to get off Coumadin in January 2007 and so far have no ill effects from my DVT over the summer. I am looking to get back into diving, but cannot find any information on whether or not it's a safe to do anymore.
Re: Scuba Diving After DVT?
Reply #1 by becy_roberts
Posted: December 6, 2006 at 20:55
Personally I'd check with your dr, it may depend on what medication your still on and also I think that water pressure may effect the leg of your dvt.
Let me know what you find out, it's a v interesting question!!
Good luck!
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Reply #2 by Deepak
Posted: August 20, 2007 at 14:44
Hi. U can surely try and there is no harm if u r comfortable with your leg. Try begin with small sessions. How is your leg condition.. Reply.. Best of luck
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Reply #3 by Lesa
Posted: August 20, 2007 at 16:52
In Aril 2006 I had 3 blood clots in my aorta. I did 3 months on Coumadin and went scuba diving one month after that in Indonesia. I had no problems. Last week I developed a portal vein thrombosis, and am back on Coumadin again. I am heading off to Indonesia again in 10 days. I have a doctor appt. today to see if I have a "yes or no" on diving. Coumadin itself is not going to stop you from diving, I just have questions about whether or not the clot will make me more susceptible to the bends. I have also read that being on Coumadin while diving actually makes you less susceptible to the bends.

I would also recommend you see a good diving doctor. All of my doctors and specialists are divers, and that makes all the difference in the world. My doctors know what a huge part of life diving is to me. If there are possible issues, they make sure I know what the risks are and then let me make a decision. If they say "NO," then I will honor that because they know me well and I know they have a very, very good reason for saying that. Good Luck to you.

Re: Scuba Diving After DVT?
Reply #4 by Susan
Posted: September 6, 2007 at 07:50
Lesa - Just wondering what your dr's advice was?
I had a pelvis to knee DVT eighteen months ago - cleared and am no longer on medication. Have had a few follow-ups with no drama, just paranoia on my part. My leg still has tendency to feel swollen (doesn't look much different to usual) so I'm fairly sure it's my pysche! But am off to Great Barrier Reef in a week and am hoping to get in my first diving. Am also waiting to hear back from my dr about it, she's consulting a specialist to be sure. Thanks.
Re: Scuba Diving After DVT?
Reply #5 by Susan
Posted: September 7, 2007 at 03:41
Just thought I would reply to my own post.. :)
My doc says that there shouldn't be any risk with diving post-dvt - only potential problem would be if a different complication arose and I would then be in bed for five days or whatever. More likely to be concerned if I was still on medication.
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Reply #6 by Miketsp
Posted: April 30, 2008 at 12:12
My wife and I were regular scuba divers. Then in April 2007 she suffered a cerebral aneurysm and spent some 40 days in a hospital bed after the surgery. As a result she developed extensive DVT in both legs. Then she spent 6 months on blood thinners and for the last 6 months she has been off the medication, just using the support stockings and doing a lot of walking. The US 6 months ago showed that there was no more thrombosis in either leg, the right leg was normal but the left leg presented "incompetent" veins/arteries. (Not sure if this is a correct translation as we do not live in an english-speaking country). She was disappointed this week when the new US gave the same result as 6 months ago, almost no change and when she questioned the doctor about getting back into diving he said that she will never be able to dive again. We strongly suspect that he is saying this because he does not know and intend to try to find a diving doctor for a second opinion.
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Reply #7 by Margaret
Posted: October 26, 2011 at 23:26
thanks for the information regarding scuba after DVT. I had two DVTs (in the same place -- behind my right patella) about 18 years ago (while in my mid-twenties). The only other hypercoagulative episode was six years ago where I lost a pregnancy in the second trimester due to micro-clots in the placenta (I was on Lovenox during the pregnancy). I currently teach marine biology and have the opportunity to chaparone a trip to the BVI where scuba is "highly encouraged." Glad to see that some people have had some good experiences with doctors. Gives me a little hope!
Re: Scuba Diving After DVT?
Reply #8 by Loulou
Posted: January 13, 2012 at 18:51
hi, I'm currently on warfarin for a dvt in my right calf muscle (as a result of breaking my leg and being in a cast). My first question to the doctor was "can I still go diving in the summer?" she said that provided the clot was cleared up and there were no further complications/ issues as a result then I would have no problem diving. She did say that I would be finished my medication by July and so diving would not be a problem. However she would not give consent for me to dive while still on the medication as the side-effects would be worse. The DVT is nothing to do with pressure changes which I was happy to hear.
If anyone has any other info I'd love to learn more.
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Reply #9 by Callen
Posted: February 4, 2012
I am in the same boat as most of you. I have so many dive trips planned for this year. I love diving honestly can't get enough of it.(and I have only started doing the sport mid last year) I am 20 and last week I was told that my DVT which I had 2 years ago has returned. My family doctor says I will be fine. Though the doctor for who I work with says I shouldnt. I am going to try and book my self in to see a dive doctor next week. And I am hoping I will be able to dive coz I have my Advance course booked for Friday
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Reply #10 by Cheryl
Posted: March 16, 2012 at 01:51
My daughter had a DVT about 3 1/2 years ago. She is wanting to start diving since snorkling no longer allows her to see more of the marine life. She is taking diving lessons but my concern is the fact that she had a DVT.She lives in Santa Barbara. Does anyone know of a good dive doctor there?
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