The Skin Hospital is the day surgery facility of the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia. We have 10 accredited and licensed day surgery theatres across our two locations at Darlinghurst and Westmead.
We Provide Mohs Surgery, General Surgery, and as well as providing general and cosmetic surgery. The majority of surgeries that take place in The Skin Hospital is a highly specialised skin cancer surgery called Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Prior to your surgery, during your consultation with your doctor, the process of the procedure, fees and expected outcome of the procedure will be discussed and date and time of your operation. You may be contacted by the Day Surgery Coordinator, a nurse, who will advise you of pre-operative preparation plan your discharge, discuss any community service that you may require after discharge and make your follow up appointments.
Different types of surgery such as general dermatology, cosmetic surgery and a highly specialised form of skin cancer surgery called Mohs Micrographic Surgery are conducted at The Skin Hospital.
In regards to Mohs surgery, the removal of each layer of tissue takes approximately 1–2 hours. Only 20–30 minutes of that time is spent in the actual surgical procedure; the remaining time is needed for slide preparation and for the doctor to review the slides.
On average, 2–3 layers of tissue (called stages) will be removed prior to clearance of the cancer.
The whole process, including suturing the wound, usually takes between 4–6 hours.
Some difficult or larger cases may take even longer. This may result in you needing to stay for the whole day.
On the day of your day surgery
- Please arrive ahead of the arranged time. You will be asked to arrive 30 minutes before your operation. It is important to be punctual to avoid delays or any inconvenience. Please note that although very rare, due to unforseen circumstances the doctor could be delayed in surgery and there may be some waiting period before your procedure.
- After arriving at The Skin Hospital please proceed to Level 1 reception desk via the lift or stairs and register your arrival.
- If you have not already completed a Patient Profile (admission form) you will be asked to do so.
- The reception staff will show you to the waiting area point out the direction of the conveniences and instruct you on how to access the refreshments provided for you and your carer.
- If someone has accompanied you, he/she will be given a visitor name badge. This is for the security of patients and staff as it ensures that only authorised personnel have access to the building.
For your comfort
Patients have a designated recovery area with the following:
- Reclining lounge chairs so that patients may rest during the various stages of the procedure
- Magazines and television
- Light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) are available for patients.
Preparation for Surgery
The best preparation for Mohs surgery is a good night's rest followed by a substantial breakfast.
- Wash your hair the night before, or morning of your surgery.
- Do not wear make-up on your surgery day.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, such as a tracksuit, slacks, a cardigan, a short-sleeved shirt or blouse and comfortable shoes (shoes stay on your feet). An old shirt is preferable.
- Because you will be with us for at least half a day, please bring a packed lunch and it is wise to bring a book or magazine to read.
- Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided.
- At home, please have Panadol or Panadeine for pain relief, and an ice-pack or frozen peas pack, ready to use after you return home from your surgery.
- Do not stop taking any of your medication unless instructed by your surgeon. Discontinue vitamin and mineral therapy for at least a week prior to the surgery.
- It is most important that you do not go home alone. Please arrange for a relative or friend to accompany you either by private transport or taxi. You must not go home on public transport or drive following your surgery.
How long will the surgery take?
Your doctor will indicate the estimated duration of your specific surgery during your consultation.
In regards to Mohs surgery, the removal of each layer of tissue takes approximately 1-2 hours. Only 20-30 minutes of that time is spent in the actual surgical procedure, the remaining time is needed for slide preparation and for the doctor to review the slides.
On average, 2-3 layers of tissue (called stages) will be removed prior to clearance of the cancer.
The whole process, including the sewing up the wound, usually takes between 4-6 hours. Some difficult or larger cases may take even longer. This may result in you needing to stay for the whole day.
Mobile phones are not permitted in the day surgery unit.
If the services of an interpreter are required, please contact us prior to your admission, so the necessary arrangements can be made. There may be a cost associated with this service.
As legislated by NSW Health, smoking is prohibited in all areas within the day surgery. This includes all entrances and external areas.
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Please bring with you any medications you need to take during your stay.
If you are a diabetic requiring regular blood glucose levels recorded please bring in your own monitor to ensure currency of readings throughout the procedure.
Wear something comfortable, preferably a shirt or dress that can be undone from the front.
Shoes should also be comfortable. For your own safety please do not wear slippers or high heels.
The procedure room is air conditioned and sometimes the temperature can be quite cold. It is a good idea to bring a cardigan or a light jacket.