What To Expect From Mohs Surgery Recovery

  • Posted on: Mar 15 2024
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Mohs surgery is the surgical removal of skin cancer or other malignant skin. Once removed, the skin is examined under a microscope to ensure the cancer has been completely eliminated. Mohs surgery is done layer by layer so that a minimal amount of skin is taken while completely excising all of the malignant tissue.

After the surgery is complete, your surgeon closes the surgical wound using a reconstructive technique, which is beneficial for more efficient and effective patient recovery.

Learn more about what to expect during Mohs surgery recovery from the experts at the American Society of Mohs Surgery.

Mohs Surgery Benefits

Mohs surgery offers two main benefits for patients:

  • It has a high success rate. Mohs surgery has a 99% success rate.
  • It’s minimally invasive and only removes the affected tissues. Since Mohs surgery is performed in stages, it is incredibly precise and does not affect healthy tissues. This means it leaves behind the smallest wound possible.

Mohs Recovery and Recurrence Rates

Mohs surgery is known for having higher cure rates, lower recurrence rates, and better cosmetic results than any other skin cancer treatment (Skin Cancer Foundation). Mohs offers a 99% cure rate for first-time skin cancer treatments and a 94% cure rate for repeat treatments.

Only local anesthesia is necessary during Mohs surgery, allowing patients to remain comfortable and alert while minimizing discomfort. This helps make Mohs surgery recovery relatively easy on patients. The incision will be uncomfortable as it heals; however, over-the-counter pain relievers should suffice for pain treatment.

Recovery time is based on the size of your skin cancer and the amount of skin removed. Possibilities include:

  • A wound small enough for just a bandage.
  • A wound closed with stitches.
  • A skin flap is used to cover the wound.
  • Skin is taken from another part of the body to replace the removed skin.

Whichever method is best for your Mohs surgery, your surgeon will provide recovery and wound care instructions.

Schedule a Mohs Surgery Consultation With the American Society for Mohs Surgery

Make an appointment today to learn more about Mohs surgery recovery. Contact the American Society for Mohs Surgery in Peachtree Corners, GA, at 785-783-2070 or utilize our online contact form.

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