Mohs Surgery Postoperative Care
Mohs surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that offers the best chance of returning to everyday life after a skin cancer diagnosis.
Following Mohs surgery, most patients experience only mild discomfort. The extent of discomfort will be determined in part by the size and location of your wound.
Your Kelsey-Seybold Mohs surgery specialist will use the postoperative period to plan an ongoing skin cancer detection strategy for the future.
Immediately After Your Surgery
You will be given specific instructions to follow at home by your Mohs surgery specialist and medical team. You must adhere to these recommendations to speed your recovery and ensure the best possible outcome. Instructions may include:
- How to change the bandages at the appropriate times and clean the surgical site
- Drug information about prescription and nonprescription medications, topical ointments, and creams
- A timeline indicating when you'll be able to resume participating in certain activities, such as applying cosmetics or exercise
- A schedule of postoperative visits to remove sutures and monitor your recovery
- Recommendations for treating your Mohs surgery scar to promote its rapid healing and fading
After surgery, some patients may experience mild but typically temporary and manageable discomfort, bleeding, redness, or inflammation.
How Long Does It Take To Heal From Mohs Surgery?
Recovery from Mohs surgery can be a slow process, depending on the complexity of the operation, your overall health, your age, and other variables. Typically, recovery is simple and uncomplicated. Resting as much as possible for the first few days following surgery is recommended.