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Follow-up treatment

Restoring health

What is follow-up treatment?

Follow-up rehabilitation, also called follow-up treatment, is a medical rehabilitation measure which is carried out after a serious illness, intervention or cardiovascular surgery.


Who has a right to follow-up treatment and what should you know about application and cost reimbursement?

Follow-up treatment is only considered for certain diseases and is carried out immediately after inpatient hospital treatment (no later than least 2 two weeks after being discharged). For a list of diseases and measures for which follow-up rehabilitation is available, see Indications.

The need for follow-up treatment is determined by the attending physicians in the acute care hospital. The responsible social services in the attending hospital will assist you with the application procedure.

The costs of follow-up treatment are usually assumed by your statutory health insurance or among employed patients, by the German Pension Insurance (DRV), provided you are insured under a pension insurance. For patients who are privately insured or entitled to state aid, the respective private insurance or state aid office is responsible.

Please note that before starting follow-up rehabilitation, this must be formally requested and accepted by the responsible funding agency.

Your follow-up treatment at METTNAU

At METTNAU, follow-up treatment is carried out in Werner-Messmer-Klinik, which is specially equipped for this in terms of staff and apparatus. You will receive comprehensive support from a team with corresponding qualifications.


The objectives of follow-up rehabilitation include:

  • to restore and sustainably improve your physical well-being and physical resilience
  • to train you how to live with a significant disease and its consequences
  • to analyse and give advice on health risk factors
  • to support you in coping with the disease and psychological stabilisation
  • to assess the impact of the disease on the patient’s continued life and, if applicable, work
  • to help you return to normal life
  • to help patients to help themselves in the long term

What does it comprise?

Medical rehabilitation is based on a holistic approach. This comprehensive concept comprises the following:

  • individual medical care, counselling and therapy
  • medical diagnostics
  • measurement of physical performance and resilience
  • psychological assessment, care and therapy
  • assistance in coping with disorders for different professional groups
  • exercise programme and physiotherapy tailored to your needs
  • comprehensive information, training, education about your disease and its consequences
  • social and professional advice

Additional therapies or assistance measures can be applied for and arranged if necessary.