How to prepare for skin surgery2 weeks prior to treatment:
Before your skin cancer removal procedure, Dr. Saxena’s office may discuss with you whether you should stop the use of prescription or over-the-counter blood thinners. You should stop taking aspirin (including baby aspirin) or medications such as Coumadin (warfarin), Aggrenox, or Plavix ONLY if authorized by your physician or Dr. Saxena asks to do so. If you are uncertain, please feel free to contact our office for guidance.
It is best to stop the use of vitamins and herbal medications two weeks prior to surgery in order to decrease the risk of bleeding and bruising.
1 week prior to treatment:
- You may eat as usual
- Wear comfortable clothing to your appointment
- Take routine medication except those you have been advised by your physician or Dr. Saxena to stop prior to surgery
Will insurance cover skin cancer removal surgery?We participate with most of the large insurance plans. Dressing change and suture removal visits are included with the initial charge for the surgery. If your coverage is under an HMO, the proper referrals will need to be obtained from your general physician.
We are happy to submit claims to commercial insurance carriers. The responsibility for payment, however, ultimately belongs to you. At least a portion of the cost may be covered by your insurance. It is important to contact your provider directly for questions regarding coverage and payment. Questions regarding your bill can be directed to Marian at (215) 392-6636. When financial need has been demonstrated, special arrangements for payment may be made.
Post-surgery instructionsPlease plan to avoid heavy lifting, exercise, or strenuous activity for 7-10 days after surgery as this may inhibit healing, contribute to poor scar formation, or cause bleeding. This includes working-out and mowing the lawn!
It is a good idea to have some wound care materials at home, just in case your wound bleeds. Please obtain some petrolatum/Vaseline (or antibiotic ointment), gauze, tape, bandages, and an ace bandage. We will instruct you on how to use these items before your procedure.