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Surgery Day

Clinic Treatments – Some patients may elect to have skin cancer treatment in our clinic including liquid nitrogen and ED&C.  These treatments are quick and easy with little downtime needed for recovery.

Mohs Surgery – Mohs surgery can take as little as an hour, or as much as a full day, depending on the extent of the cancer.  Mohs surgery patients are typically given a surgery time on one day and reconstructive surgery time on the next.  For out of area patients, these can be done on the same day.  If your cancer is small and therefore the defect does not require reconstructive surgery in our ambulatory surgery center, it may be stitched up on the same day and for these cases, your appointment for reconstructive surgery would be cancelled.  

Patients may continue taking their usual medications, even on the day of surgery, unless otherwise directed by a physician.  Please inform Dr. Piasecki if you are taking any blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin, Plavix, aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E or others, as blood thinners can lead to increased bleeding, swelling and bruising following surgery.  Prior to surgery, patients are instructed to get a good night's rest and can eat regular meals.  We provide coffee, tea, juice, water and snacks in our waiting area.  There is also a refrigerator and microwave available for personal use.  For other food and drink options, patients can visit the cafeteria in St. Anthony’s Hospital that is connected to our surgery center.  Books, magazines or a laptop computer can help pass the time during down periods.

It is suggested that you come wearing comfortable clothing and have an extra layer of clothes on hand for added warmth. A button-up or zippered shirt that can be removed without going over the head is preferred.  Patients can drive themselves home if necessary on the Mohs excision day.

Reconstructive Surgery - On the day of your reconstructive surgical procedure, please come to your appointment at the time scheduled.  As opposed to hospitals where you must check in up to 2 hours prior to a surgery, our check-in process is seamless and requires no additional time.   Following check in, you will be taken to our patient waiting room to go through the treatment plan, sign consents and change into an operating room gown.

We will not begin operating without a documented plan for how you will get home and who will care for you following surgery.  Your after care and transportation needs will vary depending on the invasiveness of your procedure.  Dr. Piasecki will discuss this with you during your consultation.  Please know, that he will cancel your procedure if you do not have someone to safely get you home.  We consider care following surgery to be a critical component of the surgical process.