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Pre-Surgical Checklist

We are dedicated to putting your mind at ease through patient education

Learn what must be done prior to your visit

  • Complete the New Patient History Form and bring it with you to our office.

  • Read your consent form for surgery before you arrive.

  • Check your personal schedule to ensure you will be locally available for at least two weeks after your surgery for follow-up visits and suture removal. Do not plan travel, vacations, or important events near your surgery date. We can reschedule your appointment in advance if necessary.

  • Make sure you know the exact location of your biopsy site. Email pictures to us or bring them to your appointment if you have them. If you are uncertain of the location, please see page 15 for further instructions.

  • Continue taking all prescribed medicines including blood thinners. Stop taking aspirin at least one week before surgery if this was not prescribed by a physician. Call our office if you have any questions about your medications.

  • Avoid alcohol, Vitamin E, and fish oil supplements one week before and after your surgery since they can increase bleeding.

  • If you are a smoker, then stop smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery to optimize wound healing.

  • Get a good night’s sleep and unless advised otherwise eat a light breakfast before your appointment.

  • Arrange to have someone drive you to our office and back home if you are having surgery.

  • Notify our office in advance if you have an internal heart defibrillator.

  • Arrive 20 minutes early for your appointment.

  • Be prepared to stay at our office all morning or afternoon.