Pre-op phone consult doesn't cut anxiety before mohs surgery

Pre-op phone consult doesn't cut anxiety before mohs surgery

(HealthDay)—Receiving a preoperative educational telephone call does not reduce anxiety or improve satisfaction for patients undergoing same-day office consultation and Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Joseph F. Sobanko, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined the effect of a preoperative educational telephone call on anxiety and among 104 patients undergoing same-day office consultation and MMS. Participants were randomized to receive or not receive a telephone call during the week before surgery. Anxiety levels were rated immediately before and after the same-day office consultation and MMS. Satisfaction was also rated immediately after MMS.

The researchers found that regardless of whether patients had received a preoperative telephone call there were similar levels of increased anxiety and a high satisfaction for patients undergoing same-day office consultation and MMS.

"Preoperative education and counseling has uncertain benefits to and satisfaction of patients undergoing MMS," the authors write.


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Mar 02, 2017
I had to look this one up. I thought it was for a Mohs procedure, a specific type of procedure for repairing the mares after removal of a nasal cancer.

It's interesting the "surgeon" in the photo is holding up a #12 blade. As far as I know, noone uses those anymore for anything. We used to use them in tonsillectomies years ago. Many years ago.

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