Spinal surgery bar to entry?

DocSavage

Clanker
Coccyx fractures are not part of the load bearing spinal column so if pain free for that amount of time I would let you in but you may get an initial rejection and need to appeal.

Good luck
 
As I may be involved in any appeal it would not be smart to get into too much specific discussion here, however the only circumstances when an applicant might be considered fit is if they have had very limited surgery -ideally single level- and maintained high function. It is not just a question of whether you can physically run and carry the weight etc but what the long term effect of service life will be on the rest of your back. Fusion increases movement at the adjacent segments in the spine creating more stress there and making further problems more likely. As with all these cases it really comes down to specifics of the case and the physical examination / state of the rest of the spine.

Sorry I cannot be more directly helpful but you need to apply and if necessary appeal with as much detail and evidence as you can provide

Hi there Doc,
I sustained a T6 compression fracture. It did not require fusion or surgery, instead it healed naturally. It has not affected my range of motion and does not cause any pain. I have specialist evidence to suggest it will not cause me issues in later life or during Potential service. I run ultramarathons and do triathlons. Is there any chance I could have my appeal overturned?

Many thanks
 

DocSavage

Clanker
Unfortunately you are in a "rules is rules" situation. Any vertebral or spinal fracture (excluding transverse process fractures) is specifically rated as P8 or unfit military service as per JSP950. It does not matter how far you can run or how much kit you can carry, the army's decision is that it is a condition which is not suited to service.
I am afraid that your evidence will not change the fact that you have had an injury which is deemed to be P8 and an appeal is very unlikely to succeed.
I am sorry but I think you need to choose another career
 
Hi there,
I am currently serving in the New Zealand Army as infantry officer. 33 years old and had an L5/L5 dissectomy 2 years ago. I’m British and moved here 15 years ago but looking to come back to the UK and join up. Quick question, I’m fully deployable but would this back surgery affect my entry on medical grounds? Symptom free and as I said still fully employable.
 

DocSavage

Clanker
Current JSP950 allows a single level disc op prior to enlistment. If you are already serving in a commonwealth army, is there an option for transfer? Vaguely remember people used to do this in the dim and distant days when I was serving
 
Current JSP950 allows a single level disc op prior to enlistment. If you are already serving in a commonwealth army, is there an option for transfer? Vaguely remember people used to do this in the dim and distant days when I was serving

Yes They have opened that avenue again which is great. As a note, my message should read L4/L5, not L5/L5. I’m assuming that makes no difference to your response?
 
Unfortunately you are in a "rules is rules" situation. Any vertebral or spinal fracture (excluding transverse process fractures) is specifically rated as P8 or unfit military service as per JSP950. It does not matter how far you can run or how much kit you can carry, the army's decision is that it is a condition which is not suited to service.
I am afraid that your evidence will not change the fact that you have had an injury which is deemed to be P8 and an appeal is very unlikely to succeed.
I am sorry but I think you need to choose another career
Hi again,

considering the changes made to the JSP950, which were effective from August 2019, is there a new potential opportunity for me to submit another appeal regarding my T6 compression fracture. As I recently stated, I am asymptomatic, have full range of motion, will not be affected in later life (as stated in specialist report) and my sporting achievements surpass professional athlete requirements

many thanks
 

Jonno1928

Clanker
Hi guys

I had a C5/6 Anterior cervical decompression fusion surgery in 2014 and was rejected. I have looked in to the standards and have seen a professional spinal specialist who has done a full assesment on me and written and report. I have sent my appeal off.

I have been asymptomatic for over 5 years. My question is how likely am I to get this upheld if anyone has any experience with this sort of appeal?

Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
 

DocSavage

Clanker
considering the changes made to the JSP950, which were effective from August 2019, is there a new potential opportunity for me to submit another appeal regarding my T6 compression fracture. As I recently stated, I am asymptomatic, have full range of motion, will not be affected in later life (as stated in specialist report) and my sporting achievements surpass professional athlete requirements
Unfortunately JSP950 latest update still states that any spinal fracture other than transverse process fractures is assessed as P8. If you have had a compression fracture then it is outside of entry standards, Sorry
 

DocSavage

Clanker
I had a C5/6 Anterior cervical decompression fusion surgery in 2014 and was rejected. I have looked in to the standards and have seen a professional spinal specialist who has done a full assesment on me and written and report. I have sent my appeal off.

I have been asymptomatic for over 5 years. My question is how likely am I to get this upheld if anyone has any experience with this sort of appeal?
This will depend on the medical evidence, the background to your surgery, the current state of your neck and whether there is any evidence of degeneration at the adjacent levels - all of which will only be known by those reviewing your appeal. If you have had a single level operation and no other issues then you may be ok
 

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