Surgery Waiver

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  1. Eagle8201

    Eagle8201 Member

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    Good afternoon,

    I received maxillofacial (jaw) surgery in October '15, which is considered a disqualifier. Is there any specific information I can attain and forward to DoDMERB to support a waiver?

    Additional info:
    I am active duty
    The surgery was completed by military Drs
    Surgery was a part of orthodontics
    I contacted DoDMERB and asked the same question, informing me they cannot say.

    Any advice or information is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. VanGoose

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    I was actually hoping to get braces and jaw surgery during my enlistment. I assume you got it waived? Should I just wait and try to get into the academy before getting the surgery?
     
  3. AJC

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    There is a 6 month "waiting" period after any surgery.
    DoDMERB will most likely want the operative report and notes from the Doctor regarding the last two follow up exams. You can also send a personal statement regarding your recovery. You cannot send too much information.
    The information will be forwarded to those that review the information for the waiver.
     
  4. Eagle8201

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    Receiving braces is dependent on how bad your teeth and/or jaws align. However, yes it was waived. DoDMERB requires you do not have braces when you enter the academies or of had jaw surgery within 6 months. I had surgery October of 2015 and had my military orthodontists sign a paper stating I would be healed by a certain date and braces removed before entry. Once DoDMERB received the memorandum, they immediately (within 2 weeks) gave me a waiver.
     
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