Before Mohs Surgery

Before Mohs Micrographic Surgery

The preoperative evaluation lets the doctor examine your skin cancer, obtain your medical history and determine whether the technique for Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most appropriate treatment for you. Please bring a list of your medications with you. It also gives you the opportunity to meet the doctor and the staff and to learn about the procedure. The skin cancer and surrounding tissue will be photographed before the treatment, as well as during and immediately after the surgery and again after healing.

Be well rested and eat a good breakfast. Take your usual medications, unless directed otherwise.

Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or engage in strenuous exercise for 24 hours before surgery.

Bathe as usual and shampoo your hair the night before surgery, as your wound and initial dressing have to remain dry for 24 hours after surgery. You may need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the surgery.

The length of the surgery varies depending on the size and location of the skin cancer and the type of reconstruction to be done. Although the average length of time is approximately three to four hours, you should plan on spending most of the day.

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