Possible Hernia

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  1. vira

    vira Surfrider

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    Today, I went to my doctor's office to get some required vaccinations. At the same time, my doctor told me that I had to get another physical, so I reluctantly agreed. Long story short, I may have a possible but (mild?) hernia. It does not hurt at all and she said it is very mild, but I should consult with the general surgeon to see if surgery is required. I've been appointed as a midshipman for the Class of 2015, should I be concerned about this? What should I do if surgery is necessary?
     
  2. osdad

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    I would advise you to contact the Academy ASAP. Explain the situation and get thier official advice. Regardless of what your surgeon says, they may want to send you to a Navy (or contract) doctor for evaluation.

    That said, two months is plenty of time for a hernia operation to heal. If one is required, do it right away so you have time to continue your physical training prior to I-day.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I would absolutely check with Larry Mullen, deputy director of DODMERB. His contact info is in the DODMERB forum on this site. Read his sticky on what to include in your email. He can help you like no one else can.

    I'm also moving this thread to the DODMERB forum.
     
  4. Memphis9489

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    I'll tell you our "hernia story" but it is a little different than your situation.

    As one of my sons was taking his DoDMERB medical exam, the doctor pointed out that he had a "slight hernia". Like you, he had no pain and was completely unaware of it. Surprisingly, they did not disqualify him for a hernia.

    I was stunned that a hernia was not a disqualifier for admission.

    I figured the lack of a disqualification was an oversight and I was concerned that it would come up again, much later in the admission process when there would be no time for corrective action.

    So, we preempted this possibility by having it rectified with a simple in-and-out surgical procedure. Fixed!

    We did not inform the academy nor the DoDMERB. We figured, "They are the ones who pointed it out. They know he has this condition. It's documented." We weren't hiding anything. So we fixed it!

    It had plenty of time to heal - well before I-Day. I think it was over 6-months from surgery to I-Day.

    The last thing we wanted was for somebody to look through his medical records and say, "Hey! Wait a minute! This kid has a hernia. How did that slip through? He can't be appointed with a hernia. Sorry."

    If that happened - we were prepared. We fixed it! Now it's a non-issue.

    Well - that's the way we handled it and it never became an issue and was never discussed again. He's now in his second year at the academy.
     
  5. vira

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    Thank you for the help, everyone. Memphis, how long did it take for it to fully heal? It's not even 100% that I have one, and it hurts now that my doctor pointed out that there's the possibility of me having one; could be psychological, but I'm not sure.
     
  6. Memphis9489

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    I can't say I remember exactly how long it took - but I know he was up and around almost immediately. He just kind of took it easy. I would say within a week he was doing everything he normally did with no post-operative discomfort. It was just one small incision around his belly-button. He had endoscopic surgery (very non-evasive).
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    With all due respect, what happened to someone else may or may not have any bearing on your situation. Every medical issue is unique. Time is passing. Please don't screw up your appointment. Contact Larry Mullen or contact USNA. Get THE answer for YOU.
     
  8. MullenLE

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    USNA1985 is ABSOLUTELY correct! I will be working Sat night. Cut and paste your posting; provide complete name and last 4 SSN; and send to me at Larry.Mullen@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil. I can assist U better from there:thumb:
     

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