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100% IU Surgery Torn Meniscus


Recently, I was told by my private physician that I need to have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in my left knee (service connected knee). The surgery will take place next month. Is there anything that I should be during regarding the VA?

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If you apply for, and get Temporary 100 percent  (for surgery and recovery) , then that should get you smc s while you are recuperating for six months or so.

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