I’m currently serving on active duty and have been receiving injections for l4, l5 disc bulge. Today was my tenth injection and I dread every trip to that office. These injections have provided limited relief over a 3 year period. Today the doctor suggested a surgical referral. My question is, does the VA place a specific rating towards the surgery type performed? For instance is x% rating provided to a “disc fusion” if the surgery is a success and no pain remains upon separation/retirement? Can you file a claim and a receive a percentage disability because of the surgery alone? Or is a claim/rating only possible if the surgery isn’t a success and pain remains upon separation/retirement?
Hopefully this isn’t a silly question.