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Prepare for Mohs Procedure

 

Thank you for choosing to have your Mohs procedure at Beverly Hospital. The information below outlines what you should and should not do in the days leading up to your appointment.

One Week Prior

DO:

  • Do identify a family member or friend to pick you up from your procedure and be available with you for the following 24 hours. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home. You may not take a taxi home without an escort to accompany you.
  • Do prepare your designated driver to be available to pick you up within 30 minutes of being notified by staff that you are ready to go home.
  • Do notify your surgeon if you are taking Coumadin (warfarin) or any blood thinning medications. Your surgeon will tell you when to stop taking it (usually three to five days before surgery).
  • Do call your doctor if signs and symptoms of an infection or cold develop prior to your appointment.

DO NOT:

  • Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products one week before surgery. HOWEVER, if you are on aspirin, Plavix, Aggrenox or any other blood thinner, follow the instructions provided by your surgeon, neurologist or cardiologist. If you receive conflicting instructions, please contact your surgeon's office.
  • Do not take herbal supplements, including vitamin E and Fish Oil, one week before surgery.
  • Do not take anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Daypro, Aleve, Naprosyn, naproxen, etc.) for five days prior to surgery, or as instructed by your surgeon.
  • Do not smoke because it inhibits the healing process

The Day Before

DO:

  • Do call your surgeon if signs and symptoms of an infection or cold develop prior to your appointment.
  • Do shower as you normally would.

The Day Of

DO:

  • Do have something to eat
  • Do take all medications unless otherwise directed.
  • Do bring a book, laptop or iPad as a diversion during waiting times.

DO NOT TAKE:

  • Do not take any vitamins, minerals, potassium supplements, calcium supplements or over-the-counter medicines.
  • Do not take oral diabetes medications (glipizide, glyburide, metformin, rosiglitazone, Actos, Glucotrol, Avandia, Glucophage, etc.).

After Your Procedure

  • Do not drive for 24 hours.
  • Do not drive while taking narcotic pain medications

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