FAQs

How long will the MOHs procedure take?

The procedure can take anywhere from 4-8 hours. There is no way to determine exactly how long it will take for each patient; each case is completely individualized. Patients should plan to spend most, if not all, the day here at the office. We recommend patients bringing a lunch, but we do provide snacks and beverages.

Can I eat before the procedure?

If you are planning on being sedated it is advised to hold off eating 6-8 hours prior to surgery. In certain circumstances we will recommend the patient to eat a large breakfast (if the patient is not instructed to do so, please sustain from consuming any food prior to surgery). The patient may take all morning medications with a small glass of water. If the patient plans to complete the procedure under local anesthetic, then they do not need to fast.

If I am being sedated can I drive myself home?

Patients who are planning to be sedated WILL need someone to drive them home. The patient, under no circumstances, will be able to drive themselves home after being sedated.

Does my ride have to stay with me the whole time?

We understand that the MOHs procedure can take an extensive amount of time. Though we would appreciate the patient’s ride to stay, they are not required to. If the ride is unable to stay, we ask them to leave their contact information with the front desk so that they can be contacted when the patient is close to being ready to be discharged. It is important that the patient’s ride heads to our office soon after receiving a call from our office so that we will be able to go over all post-operative instructions with them.

Where are you located and how do I get there?

Please select the contact information tab. Here you will find our contact information, address, directions and a link to Google Maps.

Will I need a follow-up appointment after surgery?

Each procedure is completely individualized, so the patient will be notified of when to follow-up with our office the day of surgery. In most cases, follow-ups are anywhere from 1-2 weeks after the surgery date.

I usually go to the Flower Mound or Mckinney office because Plano is not close to where I live. Can I go there for surgery or follow ups?

Unfortunately, Dr. Selkin and Dr. Wells only practice in Plano. Depending upon the complexity of the procedure, a patient may be able to go to their local office for suture removal and/or follow-up. Ask the provider at the time of surgery if this is an option.

How much do procedures cost?

Every procedure and patient is individualized. Cost depends on what surgery is performed and what insurance coverage the patient has. Please contact our office for an estimated quote.

What insurance policies do you accept?

Please select the Insurance tab at the bottom of the page to see what insurance policies our office accepts. For additional information regarding coverage, please contact our office.

If I decide I want to be given nitrous or sedation, will it be covered under insurance?

Every patient’s insurance provides different coverage. To find out patient coverage for nitrous or sedation, and cost if it is not covered, please contact our office.

If I choose sedation, will I be asleep for both the MOHs and Reconstruction?

Patients choosing sedation will NOT be sedated during the MOHs procedure. They will only be sedated for the reconstruction.

I wear a CPAP. Will I be able to use my CPAP if I have surgery done on my nose?

Patients who utilize a CPAP machine may have difficulty using the machine post-operatively.  Please advise Dr. Selkin of CPAP usage so that it may be discussed.

Once you get all the skin cancer out, am I cured for life?

There is always a chance that the cancer excised can reoccur. Patients should also understand that if they get skin cancer in one area, they can expect to get skin cancer elsewhere. It is not the same one spreading; it is simply a new skin cancer growth. It is advised that patients continue to get their skin checks as often as advised by their Dermatologist.

Will I have a scar?

Anytime an incision is made into the skin, the patient can expect there to be some type of scar. Our office carries scar reducing products. Ask our staff about the products!

Will I need to be off work for an extended period of time?

The amount of time a patient needs to take off work is completely individualized. Patients will be advised for time off at the time of surgery. For most cases, the patient can return to work the next day, but are asked to hold off on any heavy lifting, bending over or stooping. We are able to provide work notes if needed.

Gilbert Selkin, M.D., D.M.D. Is a winner of the D Best Doctors of 2017, as well as Living Magazines Reader's Choice. Browse his D Best profile by clicking here.

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Dr. Gilbert Selkin, M.D., D.M.D. is a winner of the 2015 Living Magazines Reader's Choice Award.