- Quit smoking. Tobacco use impairs healing and can result in more severe scarring.
- Avoid blood-thinning medication and supplements — aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oil — unless a physician specifically prescribed them for you.
- Take any prescribed antibiotics as instructed.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol three days prior to and three days after your appointment. Alcohol increases your risk of bleeding.
THE DAY OF YOUR SURGERY
- Eat your normal breakfast on the day of surgery
FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY
- Avoid excessive lifting and physical activity
- Follow your post-operative instructions
- If unsure about your wound care, please ask
- Attend your follow-up appointments as scheduled
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER?
- With this procedure, it is impossible to anticipate how much time is required. To reduce stress, clear your calendar for the day and plan to spend it with us.
- Bring reading material or personal devices to occupy your time while waiting for the microscopic slides to be processed and examined.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time to complete medical forms.
- Arrange to have a companion drive you to and from the doctor’s office. We do ask that you bring no more than one person with you, as seating is limited.
- We provide magazines, bottled water, and snacks.
DO I NEED ANTIBIOTICS PRIOR TO MOHS SURGERY?
Not usually. However, we recommend antibiotics 30 to 60 minutes prior to your surgery if any of these circumstances apply:
- Joint replacement surgery within the past year
- An artificial heart or heart valves
- History of endocarditis/infected heart valves
- Severe dysfunction of a heart valve
If these situations apply, we can prescribe an appropriate antibiotic. Please call the office at least two to three days before your appointment to request a prescription.
WILL THERE BE MUCH PAIN?
During your treatment, a local anesthesia (lidocaine) will block pain. There will be some pain associated with the initial injection. You should expect mild-to-moderate pain beginning several hours after surgery, which usually resolves over 24-48 hours. For most patients, acetaminophen provides adequate pain control. Applying ice packs over the bandage at the surgical site can reduce pain, swelling, and bruising.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE WOUND AFTER Mohs SURGERY?
Wound care varies depending on the type of closure and will be thoroughly explained to you after surgery. In most cases, minimal wound care will be needed as the wound will be covered with a sterile dressing that lasts until the time of suture removal. In other cases, daily dressing changes with dilute peroxide and petroleum jelly and a bandage will be recommended. Depending on the location of your skin cancer and whether or not sutures are placed on the skin surface, you can expect to return for suture removal in 7-14 days.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE Mohs MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY?
If you have a skin cancer and are interested in the surgery, please call us at (901) 624-3333 to schedule your consultation.