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On The Day Of Surgery

Your appointment will be scheduled in the early morning. The area around the skin cancer will be anesthetized. This will feel like a pinch but will not be painful because we use both refined micro-injectors and a local anesthetic solution that causes very little stinging.

The surgical procedure takes only 10-15 minutes. However, it takes a minimum of 60 minutes to prepare and microscopically examine the tissues. Several surgical stages and microscopic examinations may be required, and you will be asked to wait between stages. Although there is no way to tell before the surgery how many stages will be necessary, most cancers are removed in 3 stages or less.

We would like to make the time you spend with us as pleasant and comfortable as possible. You may want to bring reading material to occupy your time while waiting for the microscopic slides to be processed and examined.

The most difficult part of the procedure is waiting for the results of the surgery. Since we do not know in advance how much time is necessary to remove the cancer and repair the wound, we ask that you make no other commitments for the entire day that you are scheduled for surgery.

 

To Make An Appointment Call (425) 672-1333

Day of Surgery Puget Sound Dermatology

Meet Our Providers

Our providers continue to maintain the highest levels of accreditation and progressive ongoing education to learn and understand the latest developments in medical dermatology. Each provider's education and bio can be viewed below.

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Melanie Kuechle, MD

Dr. Kuechle is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at...

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Janet M. Trowbridge, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Trowbridge is a native of upstate New York and a graduate of the New York University Schools of Medicine and...

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Dr. Jill McKenzie

Dr. Jill McKenzie graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor of Science degree, Magnum Cum Laude.  She attended the University of...

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Dr. Craig Birkby

Dr. Craig Birkby has been a leader in the treatment of skin cancer in the Seattle area for over 20 years. He attended medical school at...

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Ame Phitwong

Ame is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who has worked entirely...