Things To Know
It is important that patients share a list of all the medications they take, both prescribed and over-the-counter. Dr. Weyer’s team will explain if any need to be discontinued prior to surgery. For example, any prescribed blood thinning medications and over-the-counter medications containing ibuprofen or naproxen will need to be discontinued 7 days before surgery.
Patients will also need to inform the doctor about any artificial joints so that preventative antibiotics may be prescribed before the surgery.
The Week of Mohs Surgery
During the week before Mohs surgery, patients will need to do several things:
- Clear your schedule for the day of surgery. Since one layer of tissue is removed and examined at a time until all the cancer cells have been removed, patients will need to allow ample time in their day to complete the treatment.
- Find a companion. It is recommended that patients find a companion to accompany them to the procedure. This person can drive you to and from the appointment as well as help you pass the time between phases of the surgery while the doctor is examining the tissue for cancer cells.
- Stop using ibuprofen and naproxen seven days before surgery.
- Stop drinking alcohol 3 days before surgery as alcohol increases bleeding risk.