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Temporary Rating (Surgery/Immobilization)

A temporary 100% rating is for convalescence based on surgery or immobilization of a joint by a cast without surgery for a service-connected disability. The temporary 100% rating may continue for 1 to 3 months depending on individual circumstances. Extensions up to an additional 3 months may be granted in severe cases.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a Veteran.
  • You must have had a surgical or other treatment performed by a VA or other approved hospital or outpatient facility for a service-connected disability.

Evidence Requirements

  • The evidence must show the surgery or treatment was for a service-connected disability, AND
  • The surgery required convalescence of at least one month, OR
  • The surgery resulted in severe postoperative residuals, such as incompletely healed surgical wounds, stumps of recent amputations, therapeutic immobilizations, house confinement, or required the use of a wheelchair or crutches, OR
  • One major joint or more was immobilized by a cast without surgery.

If the surgery or procedure was at a VA facility, simply tell us when you apply and we will obtain the records for you.


A Veteran has a left knee condition rated 30% disabling. His VA physician has discussed the knee's deterioration and they have decided to operate. Since the success of the surgery won't be known for 3 months following the 1 week of hospitalization, the Veteran is granted a temporary 100% evaluation for three months, and his disability compensation is increased accordingly.

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.