PREPARATION FOR MOHS SURGERY
How can I get ready for Mohs Surgery?
EAT, SHOWER, STAY
- Eat a good breakfast before you come, waiting is more uncomfortable on an empty stomach.
- Take a shower or bath in the morning before coming for surgery. This helps decrease your risk for infection. Also the initial bandage must stay on and dry for two days, sometimes making it difficult to shower.
- Do not make other appointments on the day or evening of your surgery. It is possible that the surgery will take the entire day and possibly into the evening.
- Continue to take all medications unless instructed otherwise.
- Bring a snack or sack lunch if you do not wish to eat out.
- Bring a friend to keep you company in the waiting room while you are waiting for the lab work to be completed. Others will not, however, be allowed in the surgery room during the procedure.
- If your cancer is near your eye, the area might be temporarily patched. Please bring a friend to drive you home.
AVOID blood thinners
TEN days prior to surgery avoid:
unless instructed otherwise
FIVE days prior to surgery avoid:
- Aspirin and Baby Aspirin
- Vitamin E
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Garlic & Ginger
- Flax Seed
- Omega Oil Supplement
- Fish Oil
Do NOT stop
Coumadin or Plavix
Do NOT stop taking your Coumadin or Plavix, Dr. Gaul will order a blood test that will tell us if it is safe for you to have surgery
The lab work takes between one and two hours. Bring a good book, knitting, crossword puzzle or a friend to keep you occupied while you wait.
Free WiFi is available
Please let us know several days in advance if you need to change your appointment