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Will a hernia cause you to fail a DOT physical?

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Just curious if a hernia in the groin would cause someone to fail a DOT physical. I'm sure they check for it, but not sure if it's something that would cause you to fail. It's a inguinal hernia, for what it's worth.

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Knock.....knock....knock, is this thing on? Does anyone actually use this forum?

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Mindotmatter;
Yes, if you have a hernia and it is found during your DOT physical, you will not pass the certification. I would suggest that if you have this condition currently, to seek treatment now, before your physical expires. You do not want to have your CDL suspended.
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Wow......somene finally replied!! LOL. I'm not actually a driver yet, I was just curious about what would happen if I tried to pass a physical with the hernia. But that isn't going to be necessary now........
It just so happens, that I had my hernia surgery about 8 or 9 hours ago. I'm lying here in horrible pain right now. I don't start my CDL school until Jan, so I should be all healed up and ready to roll by then.
Thanks.

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Not true... I had a small hernia found during my 1st dot physical, didn't even know I had it, and they passed me!

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Not necessarily. The intent of the Part 391 regulations is to ensure that the driver can safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. Very few specific conditions are addressed (see 391.41).
If the hernia were so large, or so painful, to interfere with the ability (for example) to step on the brake, that would be a failure. But if it doesn't interfere with driving ability there is no reason to flunk someone. I never heard of a hernia suddenly rendering someone unconscious in the seat
-Charles

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Scalehouse, WRONG I'v had one for 4 years and have passed each and ever one. Show me where one is grounds for failing?

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During your DOT physical, your doctor is required to check you for hernias. If the hernia is so severe that it would impair the driver to operate a CMV in a safe manner, then the doctor is required to fail the driver on their physical. Of course in this divers post he needed surgery as he has indicated. Therefore he would have not passed his DOT physical and failed his medical certification. By having the surgery, he would now meet the DOT standards of medical certification and pass his physical.
By the way FYI, it is not the examining physician who makes the final determination as to weather a driver is medically qualified to operate a CMV. It is the state Medical Review Board who makes the final determination on any medical condition, that would impair a driver in the safe operation of a CMV. I have had drivers upset because a physician passed them on the DOT physical, to only have them rejected by the state Medical Review Board. Unfortunalty there are physicans, who fail to apply the DOT medical certification standards during a DOT physical, and pass drivers.
As for the drivers who posted on here that they have hernias, you will at some point fail your DOT physical due to your medical condition and require surgery to repair the hernia. Once that has happened, your state Medical Review Board will require medical evidence of treatment from your doctor, before your DOT medical certification will be reinstated.
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