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Preoperative Consultation:

When thinking about Mohs surgery, it is important to do a preoperative consultation. This allows for the patient to learn about the procedure as well as be informed about particular details of the procedure that may be different depending on the patient’s particular situation. The consultation also allows the doctor to personally evaluate the patient and to prepare appropriately for the upcoming surgery. If you have had Mohs surgery before and are familiar with procedure, it is still good to have a consultation. Each case is different and a consultation will allow the doctor to discover these details preoperatively and plan for them accordingly.

When preparing for your preoperative consultation, you should be prepared to provide certain information that will be important in preoperative planning. The following is a list of things that you should bring or prepared to answer during your consultation.

1. Bring a list of your medications. If you are taking blood thinners, such as Coumadin, be prepared to tell us when you are scheduled to have your bleeding parameters and INR checked.

2. Bring your pathology report. In most instances, the pathology report has been sent over by your referring physician. If you are self referring, it is important that you bring your pathology report. If you do not have it, you can call our office when making the appointment and we will call the physician who did the biopsy to get the report before the consultation. You may have to sign a HIPPA release form so we can get the required information from your doctor. If you are being referred to us for evaluation of a lesion and you did not have a prior biopsy, we may perform the biopsy during your consultation.

3. If you have any implanted devices in your body, be prepared to provide information regarding when they were implanted. Implanted devices can include a number of items, such as artificial joints, plates, heart stents, intravascular stents or cages, pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators and neurostimulators.

If you have any questions regarding your preoperative consultation, feel free to call us before you come. Our office number is 504-570-6370.


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