Medical advice reqd

Just trying to get some info as I contacted a couple of AFCO's and got different answers.

Will having metal plates in both my ankles be a bar to entry? One was installed approx 10 years ago and the other 4 years ago. They don't give me any trouble and don't affect my physical performance, I compete in kickboxing therefore I have a very good fitness level and they haven't held me back at all.

Any advice would be much appreciated


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It must restrict the job choices though, Diver would be out as the plates would rust and then there is the possibility of them becoming magnetic.
The best thing to do is apply, sit and pass the recruiting test, you will then be sent for a medical and the Dr will then discuss your medical history and make a decision. At the end of the day only a formal medical will give you the answer you require.

Hope this helps

Thanks for the information. I've been thinking about it for a while now. I've requested an application pack so as soon as it arrives I'll get it sent off and hope for the best
I had my medical today, as I expected I have been referred, the doc said it is possible that I may have to see a specialist but she seemed to think there would be no problem considering I've a decent level of fitness and my mobility is as good as anyone elses

I know in myself I'm gonna get a knock back though. I should have kept my mouth shut, considering I was fully clothed the whole time they would never have known as they didnt have medical records etc. It does not really pay to be honest now does it.
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You say that, Percy, but we always find out. You have another medical in RALEIGH / BRNC and if you really think you would get through without us noticing a bloody big scar in your leg then you really have a low opinion of us.

The difference is that if we find out at that stage then we know you have been dishonest.
.... I know in myself I'm gonna get a knock back though....
I do hope so.

bigbird67 said:

If surgery has resulted in reconstitution of anatomy (e.g. minor or simple intra-articular fracture fixed with screws), the candidate may be acceptable provided he/she is symptom-free with activity comparable with military training for 3 months and has been referred for specialist assessment. However, candidates who have received complex surgery involving joints or internal fixation of major upper and lower limb joints should always be graded P8.
I think even you must agree the ankle constitutes a major lower limb joint.

P8 is shorthand for the medical category Permanently Unfit.
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Joe_crew/angry doc I know where your coming from. I wouldn't have been dishonest in the first place as it's not in my nature, besides I know I would be caught out eventually.

I'm just gutted as I've always wanted to join up but I know the metal work will stop me. What gets me is they cause me no problems and I'm as physically fit and strong as probably 90% of candidates and probably many people currently serving if not fitter/stronger. That also seemed to be the opinion of the doc today however the final say is not hers.

She did say she didnt think it would have to go any further but after reading other posts i.e that by bigbird 67 i know myself ive little chance. I'll just have to hope for the best
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Probably really a question for an orthopaedic specialist but has anyone ANY idea if it's just the metal work that's the problem? Is having it removed likely to make a difference? Obviously I'll ask the specialist if/when I go but god knows how long that could take



With complex reconstruction there is a risk of premature arthritis.

Removal of metalwork means another operation which will involve cutting through muscle etc again and you can often end up worse than before. For this reason, orthopaedic surgeons don't like removing metalwork unless it is causing major problems.
I'm sorry to learn of your predicament but why don't you try and be positive about your application to join? Nothing ventured nothing gained. Try to be optimistic and see how things turn out.

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