What can the patient do to prepare for their wide local excision and lymph node biopsy for melanoma?

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PeterBeitschMD (Physician - Surgery - Surgical Oncology (Verified) ) - 04 / 26 / 2012

Everyone is usually very anxious until the surgery is over so I try to schedule their surgery as expeditiously as possible - usually within a few days to a week. In the interim, the patient may be getting scans (PET/CT, brain MRI) and they usually get a lymphoscintigraphy (radioactive dye that we use to find the sentinel node(s)) the afternoon before or morning of surgery. I like my patients to get a good nights sleep before surgery and to take a shower with an antibacterial soap the morning of their surgery.
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