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.
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.
No. You may bring coffee with you.
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.
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.
After the cancer is removed, we have several options to fix the site.
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.
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.
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.