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Old 03-08-2017, 07:05 PM
 
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Hi, I've been searching high and low and can't find any info on this. Ok let me begin this "complicated" issue I'm going through. I'm trying to join the navy and I'm having major problem with this scar. So I had a tummy tuck and for those who don't know it's a cosmetic surgery( the removal of hanging/loose skin and a scar from hip to hip), no illness just my choice to do it for me. My recruiter is telling that I will NEED my medical records due to the long scar. Ok cool, that's the problem!!!! I had surgery outside of the country and I've been trying my HARDEST and it don't seem possible. Im soo stressed out over this. I'm in good health I'm not understanding why I can't do a check up or whatever I can to prove that I'm good. Should I just say forget it?
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It's because people lie. Your scar could be from a million things. You could have had a kidney removed, part of your intestines, stomach cancer, etc. Who knows what caused the scar without medical records.

But, in all honestly, you probably can just write a letter explaining all the details, was it uncomplicated, did you get blood, did you react to the drugs, why did you need it, how did you recover? Do you have any issues with the muscle function in your stomach, etc.

It's not the recruiter, it's MEPS. They want records for everything, even a dang wart being removed.

Good luck!
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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dmarie123 is exactly right. The scar could be from anything and MEPS isn't going to pay to perform diagnostic imaging to make sure you have everything you're supposed to have and figure out what the scar is from. You need to prove to them what it is from.

I wouldn't say forget it, do you have a primary care doctor that can write a letter stating you have not been treated for anything causing the scar? Does your PCM know you had cosmetic surgery? If so, include that in the letter.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:39 PM
 
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When I came back home I went to a wound specialist to help me cure the wound. They did MRI to check for all my organs(which are all there) they treated me till the wound is closed. I have yet to see my PCP. But if need I can go there but doctors are so funny when it comes to overseas cosmetic surgeries. They don't want any parts of it.
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The wound specialist records might help, as the MEPS will be able to see that you told them it was from a tummy tuck, and will help support your story. They question everything to the level of craziness.
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:32 AM
 
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Thank you all for your answers, I called the wound care to get my records. I also have personal picture of the day before I went in for my procedures( where the doctor maked me up) and after when I came out with all the tapes over my scares. I'm willing to write a 4 page letter with pictures and this follow up from the wound care with MRI results. Hoping for the best and leaving it up to the man upstairs.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:50 AM
 
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Your business as to how long it has been and how healed you are, especially since you mentioned 'wound care'.

Just a note to reinforce how grueling it is being in the military and can your body handle it to level which you will be expected to perform?

The military is a hard life and requires top physical capabilities throughout, not just basic type training. Depending upon what you would do in the Navy the physical aspects may be tougher than you think especially as a lower enlisted where you get the fun of hanging from something to do something or climbing stairs that are waist high (slightly joking).

If you have totally healed and are in super fit shape to military expectations, good.

good luck
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