Ruptured Appendix

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  1. Grizzly

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    Hello all, just a quick question. In the spring of my freshman year of high school, I ruptured my appendix almost completely. Will this have any impact on my medical evaluation and deem me ineligible of an appointment?
     
  2. Patriotic

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    Yes, there is going to be a significant chance that you may be medically disqualified.
     
  3. 1964BGO

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    Ask this at the DODMERB site for more insight into your situation. Best wishes
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Agree with the above. No one here can answer that question. I would suspect it has to do with how fully you recovered and what, if any, limitations you have now. (FYI, your idea or mine of "limitations" may not be the same as that of a physician.)

    I would get all of your medical records related to the surgery in order and, as 1964 says, contact DODMERB for more information.
     
  5. Grizzly

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    I made a full recovery in a matter of weeks. I have no limitations now, it's almost as if nothing happened since the appendix has lost all of its original function through evolution and is of no use. Really, it rupturing has eliminated the chances of anything happening to it in the future. Thank you all for the feedback.
     
  6. MIDNDAD

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    I agree with the above but I would take this one more step and have a physican give you a complete medical exam. I would then ask the physican to write a document detailing your state of health and specificly address how the appendix issue does or does not affect your health/limitations today.

    This is the type of information DODMERB will likely want to eliminate a DQ.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^^

    I would wait to see what DODMERB says it wants, if anything, other than your medical records. If your surgeon cleared you for full activity at the time, nothing more may be required. If DODMERB wants some sort of follow up, it may be from an MD of their choosing. Without knowing exactly what they want or from whom, you could well be wasting your time and/or your physician's time now.
     
  8. lukepeoples

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    Just from my end, and the fact I am in the medical field.

    I had my appendectomy around the same time you did. I am fully combat qualified and passed my DoDMERB on my first run. Remember, appendicitis is a common ailment, getting it removed can be beneficial in long term health.

    EDIT: I am a current candidate.
     
  9. Grad/Dad

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    You might also check the DQ codes on the DODMERB website. They can often give you some insight. Since this is not an uncommon issue, I would expect some insight there but be prepared with a strong letter from the doc that it will never be a problem.
     
  10. lukepeoples

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    I will tell you, with full confidence that as long as the doctor writes something on the lines of:
    "Evidence of appendectomy, no complications, fit for full duty."
    and you have no signs of septicemia, which you obviously don't, it will NOT be a problem. The only health risk would be the very small possibility of hernias appearing, depending on whether you had an open or laparoscopic appy. Though, these days the doctors will close the peritoneum separately, so the risk is marginal. Don't worry about it.
     

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