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Do I need a new medical after a surgery ?

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FAA Regulations, Private Pilot

I'm a FAA private pilot land and see.

I had 5 years ago a bad accident followed by many surgeries. After this first period, I was visited by a FAA doctor and all my medical files sent to Oklahoma. Short after I was granted the Medical Class III (as PPL don't need more).

Short ago I had another surgery (a small "improvement surgery") still correlated with the accident of 5 years ago. This was clearly a small optional (not necessarly required) surgery (at least compared to the many I did before and whose files have been already considered valid for flying). My health status got of course better (I wouldn't have done it otherwise).

Do I need to do a new medical ? Do I need to go again to a FAA doctor ? Or to send the files again to Oklahoma for a new evaluation ?


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  1. John D. Collins on Nov 22, 2012

    You shouldn’t need a new medical. Assuming the surgery wasn’t for any disqualifying condition and was to correct an injury, after the surgery, you might not qualify for flight status until you healed and were off any prohibited medications. It is the same if you were ill with flu and then recovered from your illness. No new medical is required, but you would report the surgery on your next medical application.

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