Quick question about medical standards

rugbymad

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Hiya, I read through the sticky but couldnt find a complete answer. Heres the situation I had an operation a few years back when I was younger, it was a precautionary one and the doctor did explain there were no risks involved either way, he stated that having the op would make sure 100% that I never had any form of problems with a particular vein, the problem was never fully explained to me since I was so young but the jist was that due to the blood flow being increased there was a chance later in life (60s and so on) that the heat generated from the extra blood flow in one particular section of the vein might possibly cause some irritant to myself or cause it to enlarge. So in the end they put in a tiny coil to make sure the vein was reinforced and ive not had any problems with it, dont feel it, metal detectors cant pick it up etc... ive run a lot in my time and never had any problems at all and the doctor did assure my parents it would have no bearing on any job I would want to take on. So my question finally is would this rule me out of the royal marines at all, since ive been wondering about it a lot the past few weeks. I realize only the medical staff can give a concise answer but I figured you guys might be able to give me a general idea if I am looking at a fail on the medical stage here.
 

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Hiya & welcome to the site!

As you already appreciate, I'm not qualified to give definitive medical advice- the Medical Examiner at the AFCO is the only guy/girl to ask specifically.

Having said all the above, the rough rule of thumb is that any condition must be able to go completely untreated in extremes of climate (Arctic & Tropical, etc.,) in diverse geographic regions (Mountain, desert, jungle,etc.) without preventing or hindering you operationally in physically demanding extremes, nor make you any more likely to become an operational burden to your colleagues than the next person.

In other words if you may need specialist treatment, care or consideration, then there may be a problem.

Best of luck, hope that helps.
 

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Hey ninja. instead of a new post ill put in here. I went to my doctors to fill at a form cause i used to have asthma. anyway thats clear. He also put down i had hayfever and a rash, hayfever in 2007 which i dont remember or my mum does not. In 2008 i came up in a rash because some reason, but it was treated with a tablet they gave me. Is this ok? is hayfever ok? it was 2 years ago. Pray to god i have worked to hard for this.
 

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Hi
I have just found out i need an op on 2 hernias in my groin, will this effect me when i am looking to apply for a Royal Mairnes Officer.
 

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Welcome to the site.

Definitive guidance can only be given by an AFCO Medical Examiner however as a rough rule of thumb you'll need to be clear of surgery, outpatients and treatment, usually by around 6-12 months, sometimes a little longer, depending on the specific operation.

Best of luck.
 

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Can an aplicant pass selection if dependant upon asthma medication? Asuming with medication it is 100% controlled and the aplicant has a much higher level of fitness? And also with relevant qualifications such as skiing/climbing/D of E???
 

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Can an aplicant pass selection if dependant upon asthma medication? Asuming with medication it is 100% controlled and the aplicant has a much higher level of fitness? And also with relevant qualifications such as skiing/climbing/D of E???
Unfortunately not.

Operationally, access to life-saving medication cannot be guaranteed & therefore as a duty of care to the individual and those whose life may depend on them, you need to be at least 4 years freedom from dependency on medication.
 

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Quick question

I have been diagnosed with osgood schlatter disease (knee problems) when I was 12 and my GP had informed me saying that it should dissapear by the time my body has fully grown. My point is, due to having it does this mean I'm not eligable to join? Or am I clear to go? might be a silly question but I rather double check before I waste my time and the career advisor's time.

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Sion Hughes
 

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The Medical Standards state that the following conditions may preclude entry:

medical standards said:
Musculoskeletal Disorders

Any abnormality that interferes with the ability to undertake military training
Spinal abnormalities
Certain spinal operations
Recurrent back pain or sciatica
Joint disease, pain or limitation of movement
Hypermobility (laxity) of joints
Bone or joint operations in the last 12 months
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Recurrent joint dislocations
Severe deformity following fractures
Loss of a limb
Foot abnormalities (e.g. club foot or hammer toe)
Complete loss of either big toe
Complete loss of either thumb
Arthritis and similar conditions
Fractures in the last 12 months, except fractures of the digits / clavicles


The rough rule of thumb for any condition which is not an outright bar is that you must be clear of treatment and fully rehabilitated.

In this case you would be advised to take copies of all related medical notes to the medical examination - it's otherwise hard to second guess unfortunately.

Best of luck.
 

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I had an operation four years ago to rebuild my knee everything went well and I hAvent had any problems but I still have my pins in my knee will tHis affect me ?
 
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