Hernia surgery

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  1. Augustus

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    What is USAFA's policy on hernia surgery? If BCT is June 28, do I have time to have surgery and recover before than?
     
  2. wannabee

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    I would say you do not have time. I had a hernia repaired and standard procedure is not lifting anything over 10lbs for 6 weeks. I was released by my surgeon after the 6 weeks, but still didn't feel 100% for another 8 weeks. BCT would not have been in the cards for me until then at the earliest. I couldn't do much to stay in shape for the 1st 6 weeks. A hernia is nothing to mess around with though. This sounds like a very tough situation. I hope it works out for you. Good luck!
     
  3. kdc246

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    I would contact DoDMerb to get the complete scoop on this, they are the official source for information on something like this. My feelings are the same as "wannabee", you will not have sufficient time for recovery or release from surgeon.
     
  4. 3QConcerns

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    A little unrelated, but what if you break your arm, get a hernia, etc (some sort of physically disabling injury) during BCT? Do they send you home?

    I'm guessing if you get injured after BCT, they'll treat you and you get to stay, right?
     
  5. kdc246

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    If you get injured during BCT, it depends on the extent of the injury and the number of days that are left in BCT and how much you can participate with the injury. If it happens early on, you will be medically turned back, you will be able to return the following year provided you have healed from said injury. If it occurs towards the end of BCT and can participate some, they may let you stay. They have the final say. Either way if you start BCT and are injured to the point that you can't participate and are medically turned back, you should be able to come back the following year. Every year there are medical turn backs.
    If you have a hernia that recently happened you should contact DoDMERB. It may be a DQ, but if the Academy finds out during In processing they will probably turn you away any how, you will have wasted a trip to Colorado and an appointment that could go to someone who is not injured right now. I could be off, but not by much I don't think.
     
  6. Augustus

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    Contacted DoDMERB and they are the final say. As long as my surgery goes well on Thursday, May 17 I should be good. How much heavy lifting do you do in BCT?
     
  7. Christcorp

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    Actually, DODMERB is a medical review board. They make reviews and recommendation. But they aren't the final say. They provide information to the academy, and the academy makes the final say. It's the academy that grants the actual waiver or not. DODMERB just gives findings and makes medical recommendations.

    Lifting isn't the only thing that strains. Leg lifts, butterfly kick, etc... also put a lot of strain on the same muscles. But if you look at pictures, you're also carrying another cadet; as a team you're carrying large wooden pole; etc... Best of luck to you.
     
  8. stvblm

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    I had a double hernia two years ago. I felt good after a few weeks however the muscle and tissue were still healing for a few months. You don't want to ovoer do it or you may have the hernia reoccur. I'm a lot older than you so maybe youth helps.
     
  9. ClickClack

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    I recently had knee surgery (around thanksgiving) and my only word of caution would be that it takes way longer than the doc will tell you for you to start to feel normal and comfortable with the injury again
     

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