For those of you who don't know I recently got the J-pouch surgery and have been doing wonderfully. However I have always wanted to join the army, I tried at the age of 18 when I was still taking pills and very badly "controlled" for U.C. I was obviously rejected and didn't push the matter knowing it was pointless. I completed 2 years of college and during august of '08 had to have the surgery due to the fact that i was literally going back on preg every 3 months or so and in the hospital at least once outta every 8. After 4 months of recouping from the second surgery i decided to go back to the recruiting office and try and join agian. I was told that I had to wait 6 months post surgery to do anything and ended up waiting about 8 due to doctors not being able to get me all the medical documents i needed. I sent all my medical paper work to the MCO (medical commanding officer) and was rejected on waiver with the response being that U.C. is not waiverable. I have challenged this ruling due to my understanding that I'm no longer considered to have U.C. My recruiter sent more paper work up for me which came back as still not waiverable...and i'm waiting on my surgeon to write a very detailed letter for me vouching for me. I went and found the medical standards online and was reading them and am going to post them for you all to read and tell me what you think they mean. I have highlighted the areas i feel most apply to me right now and would really like to hear some feedback/advice. I'm also looking into contacting my local representive to see if that will help my case at all. Thank you all for your time and concern. This has just been eating me away for the past week or so and I'm starting to feel that i've just been givin a raw deal. Still so glad I got the surgery but hate that U.C. can take another thing away from me.
Also wondering if there is anyone out there who has enlisted after getting the surgery if so please contact me and tell me how you managed to do it.
2–3. Abdominal organs and gastrointestinal system
The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are an authenticated history of:
a. Esophagus. Ulceration, varices, fistula, achalasia, or other dismotility disorders; chronic or recurrent
esophagitis if confirmed by appropriate x-ray or endoscopic examination (530).
b. Stomach and duodenum.
(1) Gastritis. Chronic hypertrophic, or severe (535).
(2) Active ulcer of the stomach or duodenum confirmed by x-ray or endoscopy (533).
(3) Congenital abnormalities of the stomach or duodenum causing symptoms or requiring surgical
treatment (751), except a history of surgical correction of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis of infancy.
c. Small and large intestine.
(1) Inflammatory bowel disease. Regional enteritis (555), ulcerative colitis (556), ulcerative proctitis (556).
(2) Duodenal diverticula with symptoms or sequelae (hemorrhage, perforation, etc.) (562.02).
(3) Intestinal malabsorption syndromes, including postsurgical and idiopathic (579).
(4) Congenital (751). Condition, to include Meckel’s diverticulum or functional (564) abnormalities,
persisting or symptomatic within the past 2 years.
d. Gastrointestinal bleeding. History of, unless the cause has been corrected, and is not otherwise
21 Male in Michigan
Dioganosed with UC: sept 2000
J-pouch Surgery: august 2008
Feeling wonderful and hoping I can help :)