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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.

Palm Harbor Dermatology

TeleDerm Appointments Available!

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are social distancing and would like to be seen, please schedule a TELEDERM appointment.

Please call the office to schedule your TeleDerm visit and receive the information and prescriptions you need without leaving your home!

Notice to all patients:

The safety of our patients and staff is our #1 priority and as always, we are continuing to keep our offices clean and disinfected.

All PHDermatology offices, with the exception of our Carrollwood and Riverview offices, will remain open to serve our communities. We ask that if you are able to come to your appointment alone, to please do so. In addition: if you are experiencing any lower respiratory symptoms, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, please call to reschedule your appointment or receive instruction on our TeleDerm platform.

For additional information and all you need to know about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or the Florida Department of Health.