You have been scheduled for Mohs surgery. There are several things you need to do to prepare for the surgery:
- Be prepared to spend the entire day at our office. We process your tissue in our office lab, which takes at least 1 hour. If the tissue shows cancer extending to the margin, an additional portion of tissue will be taken. This process continues until all of the cancer has been removed. Once the margins are clear of cancer, your surgeon will repair the defect.
- We are happy to provide beverages and snacks in our lobby while you wait. However, you may need to bring lunch in case you stay through the afternoon.
- On the morning of surgery, wash well the area upon which you are to have surgery with an antibacterial soap such as Dial. EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST AND TAKE ALL DAILY MEDICATIONS. Bring any medications that need to be taken throughout the day.
- If surgery involves your face, DO NOT apply any cosmetics/makeup.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to surgery. Do not smoke or chew tobacco 24 hours prior to surgery or after surgery as this will interfere with healing.
- If not prescribed by your doctor, avoid anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to surgery. For example: Advil, Aleve, Alka Seltzer, Anacin, Bufferin, Cliniril, Emprin, Equagesic, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Norgesic, Nuprin, Trilisate, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Garlic, Ginko Biloba. Take Tylenol for pain relief if needed.
- If you take Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin or any other prescription blood thinner, we recommend you stay on that medication unless otherwise suggested by the prescribing physician. DO NOT STOP THESE MEDICATIONS ON YOUR OWN.
- If you notice a significant increase in the size of the cancer between the time we see you and the scheduled date for surgery, please contact our office as we may need to re-evaluate and possibly schedule surgery sooner.
- DUE TO THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPACE IN OUR WAITING AREA, PLEASE BRING ONLY 1 FAMILY MEMBER/DRIVER TO ACCOMPANY YOU. We appreciate your understanding of this request.