What is Mohs?
Mohs micrographic surgery is a precise, surgical technique, used to treat various types of skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Mohs has a success rate approaching 99% for recurrence of skin cancers.
How Long Will Mohs take?
Plan on being in the office for 4 hours on the day of your Mohs procedure. The time varies from patient to patient as each layer of skin that is removed is examined in our lab. If a layer of skin tests positive for containing skin cancer cells, our Dermatologist will return to remove an additional layer. This will continue until your margins are clear and free of cancer.
Before You Come In
We recommend eating a meal before your surgery and bringing a snack with you in case you become hungry throughout the procedure. We have refreshments available in our office. You may want to bring snacks or a packed lunch with you.
Take regularly prescribed medications the morning of the surgery. If you have medications that you take during the time you will be in our office please bring those medications with you.
Avoid taking aspirin and other blood thinning medications that include: ibuprofen, aleve, motrin, fish oil and vitamin E, 7-10 days prior to surgery, unless your doctor has prescribed the medication. If you are unsure please call our office and we will be happy to assist.
Come to Mohs surgery clean, with clean clothes on to reduce the risk of infection. For example, if you are a morning workout person, please shower and bring a change of clothes to change into before coming to our office.
If you require antibiotics prior to your procedure a medical assistant will inform you and confirm your preferred pharmacy with you.
If you smoke tobacco please stop for 3 days prior to surgery and 7 days after surgery.
If you consume alcoholic beverages please stop 7 days prior to surgery and 3 days after surgery.