Preparing For Surgery
The Morning of Surgery
Please bathe or shower and wash your hair to minimize your risk of surgical site infection.
You may download a copy of our medical history, universal medication list, financial policy and patient information forms under the Patient Forms section listed above. Please complete these forms and bring them with you on your day of surgery. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to clarify any missing information.
Continue all medications prescribed by your doctor including blood thinners like Eliquis, Plavix or Coumadin. If your doctor has placed you on 81mg aspirin, you should continue taking the medication. However, if you are taking aspirin or herbal supplements that thin the blood without your doctor’s orders for a medical condition, please discontinue them 14 days prior to your surgery appointment. You may take Tylenol or ibuprofen if needed for pain. Alcohol will also promote bleeding, so avoid alcoholic beverages 48 hours before surgery. Please avoid wearing make-up, perfume, nail polish (if your cancer is on your hands or feet), and cumbersome jewelry.
Pre-operative antibiotics are seldom required for Mohs Surgery. If your physician has specifically requested that you take pre-operative antibiotics before ANY procedure, please call our office and discuss before your surgery date.
It is necessary that you arrange to have a companion drive you to and from the doctor’s office. Oftentimes, people incorrectly assume that their skin cancer will be “small” or “easy to treat.” The size and severity of your tumor cannot be assessed until it has been examined microscopically by Dr. DeBloom. What you think could be a small area can end up being very large and requiring extensive surgery. After undergoing a difficult procedure that requires bandaging, it is NOT prudent to drive yourself home. You may also be more comfortable with someone to keep you company in the reception area.
Nursing home patients are required to bring a companion with them to help with their needs throughout the day. We are not staffed to help with individual/special care.
On the day of surgery, we suggest you eat your normal breakfast.
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Mohs surgery is a highly technical treatment for the total removal of skin cancer. We want you to feel comfortable, informed, and confident when you come to see us. See patient resources to familiarize yourself.