Mohs surgery is safe and well-tolerated, but it isn’t without complications. That’s why participating in a post-Mohs surgery treatment plan is important. Doing so can decrease your risk of complications and speed up the recovery process. At Wound Care Associates in Delray Beach, Florida, Eugenio Rodriguez, MD, and the team provide post-Mohs surgery treatment onsite, using advanced methods of care. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia to remove skin cancer. During this type of operation, a Mohs-trained doctor removes very thin slices of tissue from a cancerous tumor. After removing a slice of tissue, they look at it under a microscope. They repeat this process several times until there are no more visible cancerous cells.
Because this type of surgery only removes thin layers of tissue, it’s excellent at preserving your normal, healthy skin. Mohs surgery also offers a high cure rate and successful patient outcomes.
Mohs surgery leaves an open wound. To prevent infection or other complications, your doctor recommends a custom healing regimen. There are two ways to do this:
If your wound is small or in a location where it doesn’t negatively affect your confidence or self-esteem, you may benefit from this option. However, it’s important you clean and care for the wound on a daily basis. Small wounds caused by Mohs surgery usually take four to six weeks to heal.
If your wound is too large to benefit from your body’s natural healing process, you need stitches. Reconstructive surgery usually takes place on the same day as your Mohs operation. After removing the cancerous lesion, your doctor closes the wound with sutures, or, if necessary, takes skin from another area of your body and creates a graft.
Following Mohs surgery, your doctor provides you with a list of recovery instructions and tells you how to take care of your surgical wound. Wound Care Associates can help you adhere to these recommendations, ensuring the healing process goes smoothly.
For the first 24 hours following your operation, make sure to keep the wound dry. You should also avoid strenuous movement for at least two days, as exercise and other activities like lifting or bending can increase your risk of bleeding.
Only a qualified wound care specialist like Dr. Rodriguez can determine if your wound is healing how it should. A variety of indications may point to an infection, including:
If you experience these or other similar symptoms, let Dr. Rodriguez know right away. He can develop a custom wound care plan that encourages healing and lowers your risk of scarring.
To schedule a post-Mohs surgery appointment at Wound Care Associates, call the office or book a consultation online today.