Mohs surgery is a specialized technique for removing skin cancer. This type of surgery has the highest success rate for treating certain types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. It is typically used for tumors that have already recurred after other treatment or are at high risk of recurrence. Understanding the procedure and knowing what to expect can help make the experience more manageable.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a specialized type of skin cancer surgery. It begins with the removal of the visible tumor, and then layer by layer, the tumor is mapped out and removed until all cancerous tissue is gone. A pathologist, who is specially trained in identifying cancerous cells, then examines each layer for the presence of cancer. The process can take several hours, and it allows for the removal of the cancerous tissue while preserving healthy skin.
Preparing for Mohs Surgery
Before having Mohs surgery, it’s important to talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you may be taking and any allergies you may have. You should also ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. It’s also important to make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the procedure.
During and After Mohs Surgery
The actual procedure can take several hours, and you may experience some discomfort, but not pain. After the surgery, your doctor will provide you with care instructions, including how to care for the wound and when to follow up with your doctor. It’s important to keep the wound clean and dry, and to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
Potential Complications of Mohs Surgery
As with any surgery, Mohs surgery can have potential risks and complications. The most common complications include infection, scarring, and recurrence of the tumor. However, these complications are rare and can usually be treated effectively. Your doctor can discuss the potential risks and complications in more detail.
Mohs surgery is a specialized technique for removing skin cancer that can achieve the highest success rate for treating certain types of skin cancer. Before having the procedure, it is important to talk to your doctor about potential risks and complications and to make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for the surgery. Following the procedure, it’s important to follow your doctor’s care instructions and maintain regular follow-up care.
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