Appendicitis?

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  1. aquafox7

    aquafox7 Member

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    Hi all,

    I had an appendectomy done for appendicitis when I was in kindergarten (thirteen years ago). Would this affect my ability to be medically qualified?

    Thanks!
     
  2. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Moderator

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    Even if it issued a DQ, it could be waivers. It might not even need one it happened so early in life. None of us know for certain, but I am guessing you will be okay.
     
  3. Craig

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    I highly doubt it would. It is not an uncommon surgery. As long as no residual issues, you should be fine. Just note it as required.
     
  4. 5Day

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    Not sure if this is the most current document Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Military Services Incorporating Change 1, September 13, 2011 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/613003p.pdf

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    "(2) History of open or laparoscopic abdominal surgery (CPT 22900-22999, 43500- 49999) during the preceding 6 months (P54). Uncomplicated laparoscopic appendectomies (CPT 44970) meet the standard after 3 months. " Bold is mine.

    So it looks like you are good to go if it is 6 month since an open surgical appendectomy or 3 months after laparoscopic appendectomies. Time will not be an issue since you had the surgery in kindergarten.
     
  5. VelveteenR

    VelveteenR Just gathering dust in the nursery...

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    Our son had his appendix out junior year, really bad timing academically. However, think about it, not having your appendix any longer is one less illness that can afflict you out in the field. I'm surprised it's not SOP prior to entry.
     
  6. AndrewRobins

    AndrewRobins AFROTC 4 Year Type 2 Scholarship Winner

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    I had the same surgery but during my sophomore year of high school, senior now. It did not have any problem and went through the DoDMERB. No DQ for it.
     
  7. aquafox7

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    @AndrewRobins did you provide information about who did your surgery, etc.? My surgery was a long time ago and my parents don't have the medical records for it so the only thing I can provide for now is the address of the hospital but not the doctor
     
  8. AndrewRobins

    AndrewRobins AFROTC 4 Year Type 2 Scholarship Winner

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    I only gave the academy the name of the hospital and the date. I did not have any paperwork to give anyways. You are fine.
     
  9. breethumps

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    As a side note, usually with DODMERB, any surgery over 6 or 7 years is not considered unless major. I had an ankle surgery in elementary school..first time through dodmerb it was a remedial, this past round it was not even mentioned. It was uncomplicated though, no pins/plates, easy recovery. Appendectomies are definitely considered routine, unless you were septic or it had ruptured (you would know).
     

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