Mohs surgery is a highly effective procedure for treating skin cancer. It involves the removal of skin cancer cells layer by layer until all cancerous cells have been removed. This procedure is often recommended for skin cancers located in areas where it is difficult to achieve a clear margin of tissue with traditional excision techniques. If you have been scheduled for Mohs surgery, it is important to know how to prepare for the procedure to ensure a successful outcome.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for Mohs surgery:
Choose a reputable Mohs surgeon
It is essential to choose a highly skilled and experienced Mohs surgeon for your procedure. Do your research and look for a surgeon who is board-certified in Mohs surgery and has a good reputation.
Understand the procedure
It is important to have a clear understanding of what the Mohs surgery procedure involves, including how it will be performed, how long it will take, and what the recovery process will be like. Your Mohs surgeon should be able to provide you with this information and answer any questions you may have.
Follow pre-surgery instructions
Your Mohs surgeon will provide you with pre-surgery instructions that you must follow closely. This includes avoiding certain medications such as blood thinners, stopping smoking, or not eating or drinking for a certain period of time before the procedure. You must also come to the surgery with clean skin. Ensure that you have no makeup or moisturisers on so that your surgeon can see the skin cancer clearly.
Following these instructions is important to ensure the procedure is successful and minimise any risks.
Plan for transportation
Mohs surgery is usually a day-time procedure, but you will need someone to drive you home after the surgery. You may also want to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after the surgery.
Prepare for aftercare
It is important to follow your Mohs surgeon’s aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and minimise scarring. This may include keeping the surgical site clean and dry, applying prescribed ointments, and avoiding certain activities like heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.
Most Mohs surgery procedure are performed on the face, so if you need to take more time off work, or if you need to work from home, be sure to talk to your employer prior to your surgery.
Prepare for emotional support
Having skin cancer can be a difficult and emotional experience. It is important to have emotional support from family and friends during the preparation and recovery process.
While Mohs surgery is highly effective, it is important to understand that it may take multiple procedures to remove all cancerous cells. This is normal and should be expected. It is important to have realistic expectations and be patient during the process.
Following these tips can help ensure a successful outcome and a smooth recovery process. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, do not hesitate to speak with your Mohs surgeon.
Our plastic surgeons at Southern Aesthetic have special training and techniques to fully remove cancers and obtain the most subtle cosmetic results possible. For many patients, skin cancer treatment can be performed under local anaesthetic in our Kogarah rooms. All of our patients are also offered the option of surgery under sedation or a general anaesthetic to complete their skin cancer treatment in one of our Sydney hospitals.