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MOHS SURGERY PRE-OP INSTRUCTIONS
These instructions are to be followed before and after your surgery. Please call us if
you have any questions or need further clarification. A. Aspirin Related Drugs
(Stop taking 10-14 Days prior to your surgery)
For a two-week period prior to and after the scheduled date of your surgery, please do not take any medication that contains aspirin or aspirin-related products, such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) as an ingredient. Aspirin has an effect on your blood's ability to clot and could increase your tendency to bleed at the time of surgery and during the post-operative period. Check the labels of all medications that you take, even those without a prescription, to make sure that you are not taking any aspirin or aspirin-like substances. Please consult your physician before stopping any prescribed medication. If you are taking any antirheumatoid, antiarthritic, circulation, or anticoagulant medication (e.g., Motrin, Naprosyn, Persantine, or Coumadin), please inform us. If you need minor pain medication, please take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or another nonaspirin medication. Tylenol or Anacin-3 are available at your local pharmacy without a prescription and have comparable pain relief potential to that of aspirin. If you are allergic to acetaminophen, (Tylenol) or unable to take it for other reasons, please notify us so that we might arrange a suitable substitute. The following is a list of the more common medications and substances that can increase your tendency to bleed. These should be avoided for two weeks prior to and after your surgery.
(Start taking the day before your surgery)
Please take the prescribed antibiotic twice a day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), the day before surgery, the day of surgery, and the day after surgery. The prescription provided to you in advance of your surgery from our office. You will take a total of 6 pills.
C. Wound Care
(Have these items on hand prior to your surgery for your post-op care)
1. Telfa pads (Non-adherent pads) 2. Cotton gauze (100% Cotton) 3. Paper tape (Hypoallergenic) 4. Bandaids 5. Antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin or Polysporin)
Refer to your specific wound care instructions for more information post-surgery.
D. Surgery Day
Eat a light breakfast if you are scheduled before 12:00 noon. You may have decaffeinated coffee, juice and toast.
Take your regularly prescribed non-aspirin medications. Please bring a list of your medications with you on your surgery day. Advise the nurse or doctor of any over-the-counter medications that you are taking.
We recommend a shower the evening or morning before surgery and freshly laundered clothes to help reduce the risk of you getting an infection. If your surgery involves your trunk, wear a shirt or blouse that buttons up the front for ease of removal.
Do not apply makeup, cream, lotion, aftershave, etc. to the affected area.
Bring a container for contact lenses or dentures if applicable and the surgical site may affect those areas.
Bring some reading material or something to keep you occupied as you may be in our office for a period of 4 hours or more.
We have a special waiting room with a television, microwave, refrigerator, and some snacks. However, you may wish to bring a lunch if you need more substantial food while you are here.
Please call our office if you get sick within 24 hours of your surgery.
Please notify us if you are allergic to any medications or have latex sensitivities.
10. On the day of the surgery you should be accompanied by a family member or
friend. Medicated patients will not be allowed to drive themselves home and all patients must be escorted when leaving this office after surgery. If we need to call for your ride after the procedure, bring the name and phone numbers required with you and give that information to the receptionist.
Please don’t hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns 926-2300.
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