Jump to content
!! Advice given is in no way a substitute for consulting with a competent Veterans law firm, such as one on the NOVA advocate website !! ×
VA Disability Claims Community Forums - Hadit.com
  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • question-001.jpeg

    Have Questions? Get Answers.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery instead of ‘I have a question.
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
      I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
      Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
    Leading too:

    exclamation-point.pngPost straightforward questions and then post background information.
    • Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
    Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • VA Watchdog

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • 0

Question About Surgery At Vamc?



  • HadIt.com Elder

I am going to require hand surgery and was told by my pcp he don't know that much about this type of surgery and refered me to the VA hand surgeon they looked at it and told me to wait a couple years before having surgery (let it get worse)...this was couple years ago.

Now I have a new pcp and just had 6 month check up renewed meds ect,,ect,, I showed the new Dr my hand and told her it was bothering me and was a little sore having trouble washing my face and just using my right hand for anything...VA is not very experienced in what I need done and I'm affaid they will mess me up for good...my question is can I go to an outside hand surgeon specialist and get the VA to pay the Bill?

I have what they call Dupuytren's Contracture!

Anybody know?


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Answers 7
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

Top Posters For This Question

7 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

beep beep anybody???

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I would think if your new PCP can not get you an appointment with a VA hand surgeon within 30 days or if you live more than 40 miles away from the office of the VA hand specialist, you should be approved to go to an outside specialist under the new VA Choice program. Right now, with the holidays going on, it might be difficult for the VA to get you an appointment with a VA hand surgeon within 30 days. So this is a good time to make a request. JMO

Good luck.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I'd bring your research on affliction with you to VA appointment http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dupuytrens-contracture/basics/treatment/con-20024378 and, if they are not familiar with it, request an outside referral.

At least try to get it in writing in your records why they refuse to treat it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Good info in NK's Mayo link.

Do you have any idea as to what caused your Dupuytren's Contracture?

Do you have diabetes or an autoimmune disease?

According to Mayo, both can lead to Dupuytren's Contracture.

Have the VA doctors offered you the enzyme injections?

According to Mayo, surgery for Dupuytren's Contracture will require months of intensive PT after surgery. If you go to an outside doctor for surgery, try to have the doctor also get outside PT approved so you do not have to depend on the VA for your PT.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

Speaking of appointments got a letter today to have an evaluation done on my hand at VAMC Dallas Tx, I seen them before about 2 years ago and I just did not like what they said...kinda de graded me and said my hand was not that bad BS... I can't straighten my fingers and my hand looks like a ducks foot the finger is fused together ..anyhow the Dr said it was 50/50 that I possibly could loose the use of that hand if I had surgery it may fix it and it may not my option of what to do. he was not so sure of himself....duh!!! Dallas VA is supposably the only hand specialist in the country!

..some surgerys are done with injections and then they break the cord and some surgerys are done with the kinfe...if they do it with the knife, I could lose all use of that hand and possibly my arm cutting tendons and what knott,

they say 3 options one is they neddle the bad part of the hand in hopes breaking the cord the other option is injecting emzymes into the area to weaken the cord so they can break it..the last option is the surgery.

I don't know what they may try?

as for as having diabetes no I don't think I have it I do have a immune diesease called preneious anmia my body will not produce my B-12 into my blood syetem I have to take injections monthly for that.

I don't have a clue what caused it no one in my family has it or ever had it that I know of?

it started out like caluses on my hand kotts rough knots then my fingers started bending inward I can't lay my hand flat on a flat smooth surface.

I think I'd need a second opinion outside opinion...see a hand speclialist ...I have the evaluation with my VAMC next Monday the 29th...I will go see maybe its a different Dr? ...IDK

Thanks N Kelly & Georgiapapa

Edited by Buck52 (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Do you recall the name of the first VA hand surgeon who evaluated your hand?

Go on the VAMC Dallas website and check the listings for ortho doctors to see if your old VA hand surgeon is still listed. Hopefully, he is no longer there and you will get a competent evaluation from a more qualified hand surgeon. If you are not happy with the evaluation and the doctor's recommendation, I would ask your PCP for an outside referral for a second opinion. If this does not happen, you can try e-mailing Bob for assistance. JMO

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

yeah I hope its a different Dr I can't remember his name young guy bad body language I could tell he may have been having a bad day..I just don't want them screwing me up any more worse than I am, I need to get something done its bothering me pretty bad its sore to the touch and kinda numb in places,

I can't cuff my hands to hold water to wash my face I can't clap and its hard to shake hands and just put my hand in my jean pocket just little things like that but at night it starts hurting throbbin pain and keeps me awake.

I will keep that evaluation appointment the 29th of this month and just see what they say??..if I don't trust them I will ask my PCP Doc if she can Request outside Dr? hand specialist! She new transfer from South Carolina VAMC to this one Dallas VAMC.

My old PCP left went back east somewhere? I had him for 10 years.

&I'll let ya'll know how the appointment went!

Thanks for your advise I appreciate it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Guidelines and Terms of Use