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What should you expect after Mohs surgery?

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Mohs surgery is used to treat skin cancers. Once your surgeon has removed all of the tissue that contains cancer, she’ll discuss your options for how to let the wound heal. Depending on your situation, she’ll go with one of these:

Because your surgeon will be able to see the results right after the tissue is removed, you’ll likely go home with all your skin cancer removed. You may have discomfort, bleeding, redness, or swelling, but they usually go away on their own. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to clean the wound and about any medicine you need to take.

Ask someone take you home afterwards. If you’re taking sedatives or prescription painkillers, driving yourself home is not an option.

  • Stitch the wound closed.
  • Let the incision heal by itself.
  • Take a flap of skin from a nearby part of your body to help cover the wound.
  • Take a skin graft from another part of your body to help cover the wound.
  • Temporarily close the wound and set reconstructive surgery for later.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

American College of Mohs Surgery: “History of Mohs Surgery,” “Post-Operative Care.”

University of Chicago, Section of Dermatology: “Mohs surgery: Questions and Answers Regarding Your Procedure.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs surgery.”

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Mohs surgery.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

American College of Mohs Surgery: “History of Mohs Surgery,” “Post-Operative Care.”

University of Chicago, Section of Dermatology: “Mohs surgery: Questions and Answers Regarding Your Procedure.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs surgery.”

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Mohs surgery.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 13, 2019

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