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Preparing for MOHS Surgery

Continue any medications prescribed by your doctor. If you are taking any blood thinners (Coumadin) or aspirin products (including Anacin, Bufferin, Excedrin, Alka Seltzer, Percodan, Motrin, Advil and Naprosyn) please call our office before your scheduled surgery. In addition, alcohol will also promote bleeding, so avoid alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.

On some occasions, someone should come with you to drive you home. Sometimes even with a minor procedure, a patient will not feel up to driving after the surgery. If you have questions regarding your surgery site and driving please call us.

The day of the surgery, we suggest that you eat a normal breakfast. Wear comfortable clothing and avoid "pullover" clothing. If operating on the face please do not wear make-up or lotions on or around the area the day of the procedure.

We ask that you complete your medical forms and bring them to your appointment.

Pre-Operation

Medication & Food:

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY TAKING BLOOD THINNERS OR ASPIRIN PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR PLEASE CONTINUE TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS.

If you are taking any other medications, please list them on the medical history form and inform the doctor or nurse the day of your surgery appointment.

If you have a pacemaker or a defibrillator, please specify this on your medical history form, and notify the surgical nurse on the day of your surgery.

You may eat your normal breakfast on the day of surgery.

If you are diabetic, you may bring your own snacks.

Preparation:

For two days prior to surgery, it is advisable for you to wash the area with an antibacterial cleanser, such as Lever 2000, Dial, or Cetaphil, twice a day. For instance, if the surgery will be on your face, you should wash your entire face with Lever 2000, Dial, or Cetaphil and use no makeup on the surgical site and surrounding area.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Due to chemical sensitivities, please do not use any perfume or aftershave.

Please call the office a few days before your appointment, if you (or anyone accompanying you to your appointment) are experiencing symptoms of an illness (cold, cough, flu).

Time & Planning:

On some occasions, someone should come with you to drive you home. Sometimes even with a minor procedure, a patient will not feel up to driving after the surgery. If you have any questions regarding this please contact our office.

If your surgery is for treatment of a skin cancer, you should plan to spend time waiting for the laboratory results. This may take most of the day.

Sometimes the surgery can be more extensive than anticipated. This is especially true when the surgery involves skin cancers. Therefore, you should plan on the possibility of having to spend all day at the surgery center.

Please limit physical activity (e.g.: exercising, golf, gardening, bending over, etc…), for approximately 1 week after your surgery.

Pre-Operation

Pre Operation

Post Operation

Please note these are basic instructions that may be modified by the physician after your treatment.

Post Op Suture Care
Post Op Graft Care
Biopsy Care
The Wound Healing Process