Your questions, answered.

Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates is here for all your Dermatology needs.

Will my insurance cover the cost of surgery?

Under most circumstances – yes. If you are a member of an HMO, a referral or authorization from your primary physician may be necessary. If you are in doubt about your particular coverage, check with your insurance representative prior to your appointment. If you have specific questions regarding insurance or billing matters, please contact our office at 614-847-4100 x 4.

Do you have a list of hotels? I am arriving the night before surgery.

We have been given reduced rates at nearby hotels. You can call our office for a recommendation or view a list of convenient hotels by clicking here.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing that can easily be removed if necessary is best. You may want to bring a sweater as the temperature in our office varies from area to area.

Do you have a coffee machine?

No. You may bring coffee with you.

May I bring food with me?

Yes. You may be here at lunchtime, so bring a sack lunch with you. We will be happy to store it in our refrigerator. If time permits, you may be able to briefly leave the facility and pickup something at a nearby restaurant or even better, send your companion out to bring something back. Our front desk has a list of nearby restaurants. We do have vending machines on site with soft drinks, water, and snacks.

Will the surgery leave a scar?

Yes, any form of treatment will leave a scar. In most cases, when we say a scar, we are talking about a narrow white line. Each person reacts differently to the surgical outcome, but we can comfortably tell you that the vast majority of our patients are exceptionally pleased on how well the surgical site heals. Obviously, the larger the cancer the more surgical scar will result For our patients that use makeup, our surgical work is usually fully able to be camouflaged within several weeks after surgery.

How will my surgical wound be repaired?

After the cancer is removed, we have several options to fix the site.

  1. The wound is repaired with a skin flap (freeing of nearby tissue to cover the wound) or a skin graft (removing skin from another site on the body and transferring it to the surgical wound). Most closures are done in our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). The ASC provides the safest setting in which to carryout the reconstructive procedure.
  2. The wound can be closed with stitches by stretching the nearby skin together.
  3. On occasion, the wound can be left open to heal itself.
I am on oxygen. Do you have oxygen available if I run out?

If you require oxygen, be sure to bring enough of the supply to last the entire day. We do not have oxygen on supply here.

Is it true that smoking increases the likelihood of complications following surgery?

Absolutely yes. We strongly request that you stop or markedly decrease your number of cigarettes/cigars for the week before and several weeks after surgery.

I am anxious about the surgery. Do you have medicine to help me relax?

While the vast majority of patients do not require anything other than the local numbing medicine, some patients request a mild sedative. As a rule, we use Valium, which is given by mouth in those circumstances. If given a sedative, you must have someone drive you home.