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Hey all. Hoping you guys can help me out with what to expect.

In 2010 while I was active duty I went to medical over what I thought was a potential hernia. They did an ultrasound and felt around but told me they didn't see anything and that if it continued to hurt come back. I got my honorable in January of 2011.

A couple months ago, the pain occasionally still persisted so I filed a claim for a hernia/groin condition and they scheduled me within a few weeks. I just went to my appointment and the Dr. asked me if I had the hernia taken care of yet. I told him that I was never diagnosed with a hernia which is why I also choose "groin condition" on the drop down menu. He help up a paper from my file and said that back in 2010 I was diagnosed with a inguinal hernia and that It says that I never made an appointment to meet with a surgeon. I told him that wasn't the way that I remember the scenario going, I believe I was told they found nothing and to come back if it still consisted or got worse. So we spoke for a few moments and he said that he's going to put that it is service connected, as I WAS diagnosed while I was still active duty. He also said since it's considered elective surgery if I wanted to have it taken care of I would need to talk to my private doctor.

Has anybody had any experience in how this would be rated? He told me that it is service connected but he wasn't sure how the rating would go.

I'm currently at 30% disability. I also recently received my C-file so I put it in my computer and found the page the doctor referenced and yes, it does say that I was diagnosed back in 2010. 

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Sounds like you are on the right track.  Now remember after they fix it they can drop it to zero if there is no Pain/Tenderness/Unstable scaring.   I have had many issues with mine after the surg

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So do you have rating for the hernia?  If not you need to file for it.  ASAP!  

Next since you are below the 50% then unless the condition is SC then they say it is elective, unless it is causing you pain.  

Going untreated will cause more health issues and can cause you guts to bind up and could lead to death if not taken care of.  Maybe there is a way to get his taken care of as someone else may have had this issue.  Mine was in service and it was not elective.  The doctor told me I could not deploy to Iraq with this issue.  It will not get better on it's own so you need surgery.

I would ask for another surgeons opinion if it was me as I would want this resolved.  

I am not sure if you can ask for a rushed case for getting this filed, but I would think you could.  

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Hi @shrekthetank1

Yes I filed a while ago and just had my exam today.

He told me that the condition IS service connected since it occurred and was documented in 2010 while I was still active duty. I told him that it was giving me pain which is why I filed the claim. 

The plan right now is to talk to my private Dr. and see what he says. My wife is having our 2nd child at the end of January next year so we will already be at our deductible so I'll most likely have the operation next year sometime. I will for sure be speaking with other doctors about this. 

 

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Sounds like you are on the right track.  Now remember after they fix it they can drop it to zero if there is no Pain/Tenderness/Unstable scaring.  

I have had many issues with mine after the surgery like loss of feeling in the area.  Sharp pains at certain times when walking.  Change in weather.  Just make sure when they bring this up that they know all the issues you are having with it, if there are none then they did an amazing job!  

If it is SC then the VA will cover it.  

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