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Preparing for Surgery

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Preparing for Surgery

World leaders and innovators in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction

Surgery Preparation

How to Prepare

Please bathe or shower and wash your hair to minimize your risk of a surgical site infection. We suggest that you eat your normal breakfast, unless otherwise specified.

Upon arrival at our office you will be asked to complete a medical history form. It may be helpful for you to bring a list of medications and illnesses. Please plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete any necessary paper work.

Please bring a current list of medications the morning of your surgery. Please discontinue any ED (Erectile Dysfunction) medication 72 hours prior to surgery, but continue all other medications prescribed by your doctor including blood thinners like Coumadin or aspirin. However, if you are taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or herbal supplements without your doctors orders for a medical condition, please discontinue them 10 days prior to your surgery appointment. (including Anacin, Bufferin, Excedrin, Alka Seltzer, Percodan, Advil, Aleve,  Motrin, Oral Vitamin E & Ginko Biloba). You may take Tylenol if needed for pain.  Alcohol will also promote bleeding, so avoid alcoholic beverages 48 hours before surgery. Please avoid wearing make-up, perfume, nail polish, and jewelry.

Since the doctor may give you a mild sedative, it is necessary that you arrange to have a companion drive you to and from the doctor’s office. Failure to do so may result in having to reschedule your appointment.  Please refer to our website or the public transportation section in office information.

Nursing home patients are required to bring a companion with them to help with their needs throughout the day. We are not staffed to help with individual/special care.

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Please call us at Shadyside 412-681-9400 or Jefferson 412-466-9400.

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