How should you prepare for surgery?
THE DAY OF SURGERY
The morning of surgery please bathe/shower if possible. Also, please be sure to eat breakfast.
There are 3 ways in which you can fill out the necessary forms to be a patient in our office. Please have insurance card(s), Medicare Card if appropriate, and photo ID with you upon arrival.
Unless instructed by your doctor to hold a medication, continue taking all medications prescribed by him or her. This includes blood thinners like Coumadin, Plavix, or aspirin. If you are taking any of the medications or herbal supplements listed in the next sentence without doctor’s orders, please discontinue them 7-10 days before surgery if possible. Such medicines include aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Anacin, Excedrin, Bufferin, Aleve, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, ginger, and alcohol. You MAY TAKE Tylenol.
If you require oxygen, be sure to bring enough of the supply to last the entire day. We do not have oxygen on supply.
There are several circumstances where it may be necessary to have someone drive you. If you feel that you will need or if we choose to give you a mild sedative, then it is necessary to have someone drive you home from our center. Failure to have someone to do so may require us to reschedule your surgery. If your skin cancer is near/around your eye, the dressing we apply may obstruct your vision and you would obviously need a driver if that is the case.
In general, if possible, it is best to have someone accompany you and drive you home. You may be tired mentally or physically and want someone to drive you home to keep you company. Seating is limited in our reception area and we ask that you only have 1-2 companions.