Preparation and Recovery of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. This means you will not have to go to the hospital or be put under general anesthesia. The surgery will take approximately 2 to 5 hours, depending on the size and complexity of your skin cancer. You should experience minimal discomfort and be able to go home immediately after the surgery is finished.

As with any surgery, it’s important to prepare properly. You will need to avoid things like alcohol, aspirin and certain vitamins in the days before your surgery.

You will need to limit strenuous activities and wear a bandage after surgery. Limiting activities for 3 to 4 weeks after surgery will allow you to resume full activity sooner with optimal healing.

There will be a scar at the site where the cancer is removed. The scar will begin to heal in 2 to 3 weeks but complete healing and improvement in the appearance of the scar will continue over 3 to 12 months. While the size of the scar will depend on the extent of the cancer, the Doctor will make every effort to make it as small and inconspicuous as possible.

Please follow Preoperative Instructions, and any other instructions the Doctor may give you, closely. Otherwise your surgery may have to be rescheduled or your wound may not heal properly.

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