Each year there are over 5 million cases of skin cancer in just over 3 million people. That is a lot of skin cancer, and each year there are more individuals that will have skin cancer. If caught late skin cancer can do a lot od damage, but if caught early a dermatologist can remove the cancer. One of the most popular ways of removing the cancer is through Moh's Surgery this is a procedure where the doctor takes thin slices of tissue off the cancerous area until there is no more cancerous tissue. If you are preparing for Moh's surgery, here are a few thing that you must do.
The doctor is going to tell you not to take any medical blood thinners such as aspirin. The last thing that the doctor wants when using a blade to cut of cancerous tissue is not be able to control the bleeding. So, it is important not to take blood thinners. You should know that there ar many other over the counter or food items that have an anti coagulating properties. Watch out for Garlic, ginger, ginkgo, feverfew, fish oil, vitamin E, and tree ear mushrooms. These may all make it hard for the dermatologist to control the bleeding.
Prepare At Home
One of the worst experiences that you can have is going to the store right after a surgery. You will not want to go to the store for your topical ointments, you will want to go straight home. So, it is a very good idea to get your medicated topical ointments a few days before your surgery. This way you are able to go straight home and start your recovery process. Depending on where the cancer was, you may even need to take a few days off work, and in this case be sure you are ready to spend a few extra hours a day in your house with movies anc snacks.
You will not want to have to drive home from the doctors office. Even if you do not get queazy at the sight of blood, it is a pain to have to drive back home. So, have a ride set up for after the surgery, so you can relax after the surgery and start to recover immediately. Most of the time only a local anesthetic is going to be needed, so you do not have to expect to be put under.
For more information, contact a local dermatologist.