Preparing for Surgery

Learn how to prepare for major surgery such as Mohs surgery, as well as minor surgery and other skin treatments - Perth wide and throughout the Southwest.

Preparing for minor surgery


Specialist Mohs surgery skin cancer dermatology  clinic, Oxford Day Surgery & Dermatology, WA
  • Discuss your travel arrangements to and from surgery with us - we have parking available if you require it
  • Continue your normal meals and medication unless instructed not to
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Wash your hair, remove makeup and jewellery
  • Inform your family that they will not be able to attend
  • Prepare to be away for roughly an hour - wear loose, button-up clothing for easy-undress
  • Inform us if you are on aspirin, Astrix, Cardiprin, Warfarin, Plavix, Iscover, Assasantin, Dipyridamole, or any other blood thinner. We will let you know if you require a pre-treatment blood test
  • Prepare for when you get home - make sure you have any necessary pain relief on hand, and be prepared to miss a certain period of work (we’ll give you a medical certificate).

This is a brief summary only. For more information read our fact sheets on minor surgery.

Preparing for Mohs surgery

  • Do not drive yourself in for surgery
  • Plan travel arrangements to and from surgery - parking is available if required. We recommend country patients stay the night in Perth.
  • Prepare for a week off work (we’ll provide medical certificates)
  • Wear fresh comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Wash your hair, remove makeup and jewellery
  • Prepare to be in surgery for 3 to 6 hrs. Bring music or a book to keep you entertained (you will be allocated a small locker for when you’re in surgery)
  • Eat a decent breakfast (unless told not to by your Doctor)
  • Ensure our nurses have taken a swab of your nose
  • Fill scripts - you will need the medication.
  • This is a brief summary only. For more information read our fact sheets on Mohs surgery.
     
  • Read more about treatments and procedures such as Mohs surgery, and other skin treatments performed at our skin cancer dermatology clinic - Perth wide and in the Southwest. Explore our site to find out what other patients have said about their experience at our skin cancer dermatology clinic. Alternatively contact us.

Medical Certificates

  • Medical certificates are legal documents and can only be issued by the doctors according to strict guidelines. To avoid refusal, please request certificates only when genuinely required.