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NiteStryker

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#1 7 years ago

I am starting an academy program in January. It lasts a year long, and only starts every January.

I have been selected to receive elective surgery, all expenses paid for by the US government. My surgery date is next Tuesday. Im getting my jaw re-aligned. Bottom jaw cut, moved out a few milimeters, and fused.

Well, in the event I cant heal enough to be functional by January, I have to make a decision. I can either forgo the surgery and wont ever have a chance to get it again for free, altho I dont really need it. Or, I can forgo the academy, which I had to compete for a seat in and got selected for. I could attempt to get into the academy next year, but I will have to find things to do for the next year to fill the gap.

Thoughts?

EDIT: I have received the surgery, and am healing quite fast, should be fine by the start of the academy, so I dont need to make a decision between the two. However, continued discussion on the surgery below if anyone is interested.




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#2 7 years ago

Is your jaw surgery necessary?




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#3 7 years ago
Killer Kyle;5425406Is your jaw surgery necessary?

Read his post.




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#4 7 years ago

What academy? Police? Naval?

Would the surgery improve your way of life? What are the chances of the post-op interfering with the academy?




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#5 7 years ago

Personally, I would go for the Academy. Becuase if the problem that requires surgery isn't life threatening it can alway's be done another day.




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#6 7 years ago
Skanker;5425410Read his post.

I did, but he never mentioned how severe it was (i.e. how misaligned his jaw is).




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#7 7 years ago

I'd get the surgery. You don't want to pay for that. You'll be fucked up for a while. 3 months healing time is usually normal for broken bones which is essentially what would be happening to you. Though you might be able to go to school within that time. If you got into the academy you might be able to get a deferment and attend at the next opportunity instead of needing to reapply.




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#8 7 years ago

NiteStryker;5425403I'm getting my jaw re-aligned. Bottom jaw cut, moved out a few milimeters, and fused.[/QUOTE]Overbite? I'm actually having the same procedure done, though not for another 10-12 months yet. Mine is all being covered by the NHS, but I've got to wear a brace for a bit first to align my teeth to where they want them following surgery or something.

Not four days ago (Monday) had my four wisdom teeth removed so they could actually get to the back of my jaw where they wish to cut. Still having trouble eating various foods. Keep forgetting I don't have teeth there to chew with, and usually, that's where my food ended up.

NiteStryker;5425403Well, in the event I cant heal enough to be functional by January, I have to make a decision. I can either forgo the surgery and wont ever have a chance to get it again for free, altho I dont really need it. Or, I can forgo the academy, which I had to compete for a seat in and got selected for. I could attempt to get into the academy next year, but I will have to find things to do for the next year to fill the gap.

Thoughts?[/QUOTE]I don't know specifically what you're having done, I suppose every case is different, but I was told it would be a two-month illness period. By that, I mean, following surgery, I'm going to require at least two months off work in order to heal, and even then, not everything is going to be a smooth ride.

If you go ahead with this next Tuesday, I'd doubt you're going to be recovered by January, at least not to an extent that you'd want to be.

LT. Aw$um$awc3;5425415Would the surgery improve your way of life? What are the chances of the post-op interfering with the academy?

If it's anything like mine, the result will have him look better (typically the case with any patient), and could (depending on his current condition) stop jaw problems (especially with it locking up) later in life. Least that's what I've been told for mine.

[QUOTE=Fracture;5425418]Personally, I would go for the Academy. Becuase if the problem that requires surgery isn't life threatening it can alway's be done another day.

Whilst it can be done later, it isn't going to be cheap. I'd guess, whilst not life-threatening, it's something that he wants done.

[QUOTE=Professor Dr. Scientist;5425425]I'd get the surgery. You don't want to pay for that. You'll be fucked up for a while. 3 months healing time is usually normal for broken bones which is essentially what would be happening to you. Though you might be able to go to school within that time. If you got into the academy you might be able to get a deferment and attend at the next opportunity instead of needing to reapply.

This.

Word of advice too, don't make the mistake that I did, and look up the procedure on YouTube. That is a portion of my life I wish I'd never looked into. I wish you all the best though, whatever your decision.




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#9 7 years ago
Alakazam;5425544Whilst it can be done later, it isn't going to be cheap. I'd guess, whilst not life-threatening, it's something that he wants done.

If the Academy furthers his career and help's him in the long run and the Jaw problem does not pose any severe problems and he is willing to live with it for now, it would make sense to go for the Academy IMO. I guess it really depends on what kind of Academy, and how severe your Jaw problem is.




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#10 7 years ago

I think this is only something you can decide.

How badly do you want the surgery? I mean if it's entirely elective then it really has to be down to you: how high is the risk that you wont be able to attend? Even if the jaw isn't fully healed could you still go?