Optional Surgery After DoDMERB

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  1. Slopes

    Slopes Member

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    I have posted about this before, but I have since taken the DoDMERB, and received my results; I need one remedial regarding eyesight. The surgery I am referencing however, is in regards to my left thumb, which was a duplicate when I was born. The duplicate was removed, and I have lived 17 years with the tip being bent towards the right.

    Now, I can choose to undergo a surgery which would involve pinning the first joint on my left thumb so the thumb is straightened. I would like to have the surgery for cosmetic reasons, however, I have read that "missing" the first joint of a thumb is disqualifying for the military. In this case, the joint will be present but the bones will have been fused together, essentially eliminating any flexibility there. Therefore, while I want to have the surgery, it is not worth the risk of losing my ability to serve in the military. What I am asking is whether or not this surgery will disqualify me medically, and will reporting this surgery drag out the DoDMERB process to an extent that will damage my appointment to an academy.

    Thanks for any help, I appreciate it.
     
  2. mdrob214

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    Call DODMERB and ask thier advice. They will help. Be specific. Contact the Admissions Office of your SA choices and ask to speak to thier medical officer. Ask them. Only then will you know the answer. It will likely be different year to year even.
     
  3. Pima

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    Yes, this operation will be an issue. You have to report it, and DoDMERB will review your case again. As you stated this is cosmetic.

    I agree with mdrob, contact them, but don't be shocked or amazed that they will request another exam or at least request a remedial after the operation.

    Surgery is not something to take lightly.
     

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