Yeah... Say that five times real fast..
I had one (Laparoscopic Fundoplication) done in 1998 in order to correct GERD. I have had no problems with the surgery or the GERD since. Now that I am going through the process of enlisting in the National Guard, it seems that it may be a problem. The first review of the records regarding the surgery has determined that I am disqualified from service, let alone the 18E MOS I wish to pursue. They sent the records up to the next level for review, but if the next level agrees it means a "permanent disqualification from service" according to my recruiter.
The 40-501 says, "History of surgical correction for GERD within 6 months is disqualifying". However, mine was done ten years ago. While waiting for the records from the hospital, I went to my personal physician to get a note saying that it shouldn't be a problem. When I told him what was going on he laughed and wrote that I am better now, having had the surgery, than if I hadn't gotten the GERD corrected.
My question is; would this type of surgery put my teammates at risk in the field if I got cleared and made it through the stresses of selection and the Q course?
I have some knowledge about the procedure, but won't pretend I have any idea of the things the body is put through in the field. I don't want to pursue something that would endanger the lives or health of others, but don't want to just give up without being certain that I have no place in the Guard or the 5/19th.
Thank you for any response,
P.S. Here is a website that describes the procedure: http://www.laparoscopyhospital.com/lap_fundo.htm