The Day of Surgery
Try to get a good night sleep and eat a good breakfast (even if you normally do not eat breakfast.) Take all your medicines as you normally would and bring your medicines (including nitroglycerin) if you take them in the afternoon. Please be on time for your appointment and allow enough time for parking and morning work traffic. You will be scheduled with other patients and failure to be on time will affect all of our patients and office as well. It is a good idea to wear loose fitting clothing and avoid pullover clothing. Please pack some snacks which do not require refrigeration or heating in case you get hungry. If the surgery site is on the face, please do not wear make-up. We will obtain your written consent for the procedure, photographs will be taken and your blood pressure will be recorded. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask them at this time.
The area surrounding the skin cancer will be cleansed with an antibacterial solution. Dr. O’Donnell will then anesthetize (numb) the surgical site with a small local injection. This injection is very similar to the one you received for your skin biopsy. We will be as gentle as we can when administering this injection. It usually takes 30 minutes to anesthetize the area and remove the tissue. After the tissue has been removed, it will be processed in our laboratory. The Mohs technique allows us to precisely map out where the roots of the cancer remain. Most skin cancers are removed in 1 – 3 surgical stages.