At your follow-up appointment, we will work together to ensure you are feeling better. This appointment is very important as it allows us to ensure that your current treatment plan is working and helping you improve. We will take multiple measurements, review lab results, and discuss necessary changes to improve your health. This appointment typically occurs about a month after discharge from the hospital or clinic for optimal effectiveness.
Dr. Johans will examine the incision in detail to ensure it is healing properly and there are no signs of infection. After that, he will carefully assess your current physical ability, such as how strong you are and if you have any lingering numbness. All this information will help him determine the best course for getting you back to work or other activities.
If you have difficulty with your low back due to weakness, Dr. Johans may suggest you attend formal physical therapy sessions to regain mobility. Along with the recovery from surgery, we will look at how to get you back into work.
When you come back to the clinic, there will be some important forms for you to complete. These documents are part of the evaluation at your one-month follow-up appointment. Your insurance company wants an update on how you are feeling and what they can expect if you are doing well and your leg discomfort has significantly decreased or is no longer present. Usually, further imaging such as X-rays is not needed unless you experience a return of severe back pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness down your leg.
Patients are often delighted to report that their pain has decreased dramatically in their leg and back, and their functioning levels usually return to normal. The doctor and patient will discuss positive progress, such as being able to go back to work and returning to their daily activities. Patients are typically very enthusiastic about the improvements they have made, and Dr. Johans also enjoys this appointment as it gives him and the patient a chance to celebrate their progress.
We hope you are back to work at full capacity, and if not, we will still provide you with help and support until you reach this goal. Generally, it takes three months for a full recovery, but there is no fixed timeline. We are prepared to discuss any issues that may arise if recovery is going slower.