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Would having Jaw surgery medically disqualify me from Air Force UPT.

Discussion in 'Ask A Flight Surgeon' started by Jimmy_Time36, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Jimmy_Time36

    Jimmy_Time36 New Member

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    I currently have a slight crossbite where one side is partially an overbite and the other side is partially an underbite. I know malocclusion's can dq you from your medical. I don't think mine is that serious where it affects nutrition intake. I don't have any discomfort and I am sure that any flight gear on my face would fit fine. I am currently a freshman in AFROTC and I would like to know if this is worth getting jaw surgery to correct this issue, and if i got jaw surgery would this be another disqualifying factor. Thank-you for any help.
     
  2. coks

    coks Well-Known Member

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    I'm no medical expert but I wouldn't imagine it being an issue. Most humans have some sort of surgery at one point in their lift, including pilots, so I don't see how it would disqualify you if you are all healed up and off any pain meds by the time you fly or go in for your medical. If you are worried about passing a medical, just do some research and ask around and find an ame who is a little more understanding and flexible, there is always an ame or two out there that will hand a medical out to anyone with a pulse.
     

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