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post XLIF fusion question

Started by Rootsgal on 03/30/2017 9:27pm

I had L3-4 fused with the XLIF procedure.
They ended up adding a plate due to "acquired scoliosis".
The hospital paperwork has a follow up date,to see the neurosurgeon, which is typical.

Why does it also say to schedule an appointment with your "primary care" doctor?
I have had had about 8 surgeries, and I never followed up with my primary care physician,.

It's a WORKERS COMP back injury, which my"primary care" doctor, only did the pre-op physical for.
Not even sure if WC is going to pay for this appointment. Everything has to be approved after all.

Thanks in advance, for any feedback.
btw: XLIF has a "60% rate of thigh sensory disturbances", and of course, I fell into this category.
I was never told this.
So much for disclosure.

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Hi, Rootsgal--thanks for taking the time to post.

While we can't say for sure why the hospital recommended a follow-up with your primary care physician, our assumption is that the hospital is trying to ensure your care is coordinated. In other words, when you have two or more doctors who are responsible for your care, it's important that they all understand what's going on with your medical care: the treatments you're currently undergoing/have undergone, any medications you're on, symptoms you're experiencing, etc. When you have more than one doctor providing treatment/care, it's important to make sure they all have the same information--we wonder if the hospital asking you to see your primary care doctor is their way of reminding you to keep that doctor in the loop about your surgery.

In terms of your workers' comp financial question, it's a good thing to ask before you go to your doctor's appointment. We recommend calling your insurance company for the worker's comp to ask if the visit will be covered as part of your claim.

Thanks again for writing--and we wish you the very best of luck during your recovery!