preoperative visit gives the physician an opportunity
to examine your skin cancer, take a pertinent history
and determine whether the technique of Mohs micrographic
surgery is the most suitable way of treating your skin
cancer. Also, it gives you, the patient, the opportunity
to learn about the procedure.
the time of the preoperative visit we need to know about
your medications, allergies, and any current medial
problems. Also, we need to know if you have any artificial
joints, pacemakers, heart valves, or cardioverters.
skin cancer is different, and because of the length
of the treatment, careful scheduling is necessary. A
suitable date of surgery that is mutually acceptable
will be arranged for as early a time as possible.
the patient has been referred to us, usually the skin
biopsy (removal of a piece of tissue) have been performed,
and we have the pathology report that states what type
of skin cancer is present. If we do not have this information,
we may perform a biopsy at the initial visit.
not all skin cancers are alike, we need to know exactly
what type you have before we can decide which method
of treatment is best suited for your particular or individual
case. All patients are photographed before and after
surgery, and after healing. These photographs become
part of your medical record and may be used for teaching
or research purposes.