Why do I need this procedure?
What will this procedure do?
What are the risks and possible complications of this procedure?
Do I have any other options?
How soon would you recommend that I have this procedure?
What can I expect if I choose not to have this procedure?
What can I expect if I choose to delay this procedure?
What type of biopsy will you be taking (ie. shave, punch, excision)?
What areas will you be performing the biopsy?
Will I need additional skin biopsies after this one?
Where and how big will my incision be?
Will I have any visible scaring?
How long will this procedure take?
What can I expect my pain to be like?
What are my options for pain medications after the procedure?
What kinds of anesthesia or sedation can I have for this procedure?
Can you review my medication list with me?
Will I need to stop or change any of my current medications?
Do I need to do any tests before surgery?
What time should I arrive for my procedure?
Can I get directions and contact information for your clinic/hospital?
Will I need someone to drive me home from the hospital?
Preparing for surgery
How long will my procedure take?
On the day of the surgery
How did my procedure go?
When will I be ready to leave the clinic/hospital?
How are we going to manage my pain?
Do I have any prescriptions that need to be filled?
Are there any medications that I need to avoid?
Are there any special instructions for taking care of my procedure site?
When do I need to come back for a follow-up appointment?
Do I have sutures that need to be removed?
How long will I have to wear my bandage?
What can my activity level be when I get home?
When can I resume my normal routine?
After the procedure
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