Jun 17, 2008 - 1:14 pm
I was scheduled to have Mohs surgery the day after tomorrow on my nose for a very small squamous cell carcinoma. Unfortunately, I came down sick yesterday with what appears to be a sinus infection with fever, cold chills, yellow mucous etc. The earliest appointment I can get with my regular doctor to treat the infection is tomorrow morning.
I called the Mohs surgeons clinic today to reschedule the surgery and they were not at all pleased. They actually wanted me to go ahead and have the surgery! I had reservations due to my coughing and nasal mucus etc. I asked my Mohs surgery coordinator what they would suggest that I do. She consulted with the nurses who offered no advice and left it up to me.
This really bothers me. I felt that they were more concerned with keeping the surgeons schedule filled than with my health. I rescheduled my appointment to mid July, the earliest appointment I could get. It seems to me that any surgery should have some hard and fast protocols dealing with sudden illness, fever, nasal mucus, etc.
What would you have done?