Adenoids and Tubes in Ears

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  1. SCUBAMike

    SCUBAMike Member

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    I had my adenoids taken out when I was 2 years old and I had tubes in my ears. That was 15 years ago, but the common DQ list shows middle ear surgery. Does having tubes once and your adenoids taken out DQ you if you have not had any problems in almost 15 years? Thanks!
     
  2. AROTC Parent

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    Mike - Record the surgery with dates and outcome on the forms you submit. For my DD we had no idea the exact date and simply put a month/year and hospital name along with a comment that the tubes fell out within 18 months. She also added a comment that she has had no ear infections since age xx. There was no remedial or follow up necessary for these entries. Definitely not a DQ (my opinion) unless something in your records indicate there is an ongoing issue or other cause that is disqualifying.

    With the medical forms we found that if you answer only the questions asked and provide information to indicate it is resolved and you are back to full activity with no restrictions it is a painless process. Having done DodMERB physicals multiple times for scholarship, commissioning update, and medical school the remedials necessary were for surgical notes (not related to tubes), pathology lab results, and a note from primary care physician that she was over a bout of strep. Yes, she went to a DoDMERB physical while on antibiotics for strep.
     
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  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I had this very thing at age 6 -- both adenoids and tube in ear. The MD at the DODMERB physical asked if I'd had any further issues (I had not), looked at my ears, and that was it. I didn't need to provide any medical records, there was no remedial, etc. It was a VERY common procedure in my day and apparently still is done today.

    Now, if the surgery had been 2 years ago (vs. when you were 2 yrs old), possibly a different story.
     
  4. SCUBAMike

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    AROTC parent and USNA1985, THANK YOU for the fast reply! I haven't had any ear issues since then at all, but honestly it's the only surgery I've ever had, so I thought I should list it. I saw on the USCGA site that middle ear surgery was a DQ and it worried me. I wasn't sure if that counted as middle ear surgery. Sounds like it should be OK. My dad is an Army officer and my brother is a Coast Guard officer, they both had the same surgery, but we thought maybe something had changed. Again thanks so much! My physical is tomorrow, so that should hopefully get everything on the road to being done.
     

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