"Lack of post op aftercare"
About: John Radcliffe Hospital John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford OX3 9DU
I had surgery to remove a spinal tumour and fusion in July 2015. I suffered a few complications, one being csf leaks which was treated by a lumbar drain.
This meant 3.5 weeks in hospital.
My surgeon and their team treated me well and kept me informed while I was an inpatient.
Since being discharged, I have had absolutely no aftercare.
My surgeon had recommended physio, even while I was an inpatient, but nothing was organised.
My supposed 2/3 month follow up was scheduled for 4 month post op and has now been changed to 6 months!
I think this is just crazy.
Why bother doing such excellent surgery if you don't check that things are going right later on?
After major surgery and complications, you would think I would be followed up and checked, but no!
I have no idea if the pain I am getting in my back and leg is normal for this point post op or if there is something wrong - but I have no way of contacting my surgeon to ask them.
Surely aftercare is really important to someone's recovery?