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What should you expect after Mohs surgery?

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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. but you may need to follow up with your doctor just to make sure your recovery is going well.

You may have discomfort, bleeding, redness, or swelling after the procedure, but these issues should go away on their own before long. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to clean the wound and about any medicine you need to take.

It’s a good idea to have 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.

From: What Is Mohs Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

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 Laura J. Martin on February 15, 2017

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 Laura J. Martin on February 15, 2017

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