Reconstruction After Skin Cancer FAQs
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Every day, Dr. Jess Prischmann and her team care for patients following Mohs surgery. That is why we developed this guide to help answer some of your questions about skin cancer reconstruction. If you have any questions or concerns not listed here, please feel free to contact our office directly. Our facial plastic surgeon and her experienced team feel very honored and privileged to care for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I scheduled to see Dr. Prischmann?
There are many reasons why we see patients following Mohs surgery. Sometimes the repair following removal of skin cancer requires advanced techniques. Other times, the patient or Mohs surgeon may request a consultation with our office. Either way, it is extremely common that Dr. Prischmann would be involved in the Mohs reconstruction process.
Why didn’t I know that I would be seeing a facial plastic surgeon before my Mohs surgery?
Sometimes your dermatologic surgeon does not know that there will be a need for a facial plastic surgeon until the entire tumor is removed. Tumors can often grow under the surface of the skin, making complete detection prior to Mohs surgery impossible for your dermatologist. The decision to send a patient to Dr. Prischmann’s office is made after care and consideration by your dermatologic surgeon.
What happens now?
There are two important steps following Mohs surgery: Consultation with Dr. Prischmann and repair of the open area.
Consultation: This is an appointment at Dr. Prischmann’s Edina office. Most of the time, this appointment will occur the same day as your Mohs surgery OR the day following your Mohs surgery. Dr. Prischmann will look at the area that needs to be repaired and thoroughly discuss your options. This appointment typically takes one hour.
Repair: This is a procedure performed at Centennial Lakes Surgery Center. We will make every effort to repair the damaged area as soon as possible, and the treatment will most likely take place a day or two following your Mohs surgery. Because the procedure will be performed at the surgery center, typically we will be able to give you some relaxing medication (sedation) to make the reconstruction process more comfortable.
Every patient is unique. This is why Dr. Prischmann prefers to carefully think about each reconstruction after the initial consultation appointment. Careful planning takes time. And careful planning leads to the most optimal outcome possible. Most of our patients will have the repair performed the day following the consultation.
Does the risk of infection increase if the open area is not repaired immediately?
No. Leaving a wound open should not increase your risk of infection and can sometimes even be beneficial.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Here is a list of items you should bring: 1) insurance card 2) list of medications 3) health history.
Will my insurance company cover the procedure with Dr. Prischmann?
Dr. Prischmann participates in most insurance plans. It is always a good idea to double check with your insurance company to make sure Dr. Prischmann’s office is considered “in network” with your specific plan.
Is this surgery considered “cosmetic”? Isn’t Dr. Prischmann a facial plastic surgeon?
Your surgery is NOT cosmetic; it is considered reconstructive and is medically necessary.
I was told to get a “pre-op” physical with my family doctor. Why do I have to do this?
A pre-op physical is necessary prior to surgery with sedation or anesthesia. Patients often are more comfortable during the repair if it is performed with some light sedation. It is not mandatory to provide sedation. Dr. Prischmann will discuss your options during the consultation.
I still have questions. Who should I call?
Dr. Prischmann and her staff want you to have the best experience possible. Your reconstruction coordinator is Kyrra. You can reach her by phone at 952-567-7151 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know this process can be physically and emotionally taxing. It is normal to feel sad, overwhelmed, and confused. We will do everything possible to help you during this difficult time. We truly are a team in every sense of the word, and we look forward to meeting you soon.
If you have additional questions about skin cancer reconstruction after Mohs or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prischmann, please contact us today.