What to Expect During & After Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is a method commonly used by dermatologists to remove skin cancer cells from the body and the face. Asheboro Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center in North Carolina is one of the only dermatology centers to offer this cutting-edge technique serving residents in Pinehurst, Moore County, Asheboro, Randolph County and the surrounding areas. If you have received a skin cancer diagnosis, odds are that your dermatologist will recommend Mohs surgery as a treatment. With cure rates of about 98 percent, this is commonly considered one of the most effective techniques for removing skin cancer. A major advantage of Mohs surgery is the fact that it allows the doctor to spare a large amount of healthy tissue with the focused removal of cancerous cells. This makes for a more efficient and effective healing process. To optimize healing after Mohs surgery, it is recommended to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure and to cut alcohol use at least one week prior to the procedure. After the procedure, your doctor may prescribe medication to help with pain, as well as an antibiotic. It is important to take any prescribed medications as instructed. Recovery is generally uneventful. You will be asked to return to the doctor’s office between 7 to 14 days after the surgery to have stitches removed. Most patients can return to work or school within a few days after the surgery. You will be instructed as to your specific recommendations as each case is different. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to reach out to your doctor if you notice signs of possible infection, such as swelling, redness or fever, while healing.
If you have additional questions about this skin cancer treatment and what to expect from the healing process, the staff at Asheboro Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center will be happy to answer your questions. You can visit their website for more information about their services. To reach their Asheboro location, call (336) 625-8410. You can also reach their West End location at (910) 673-8410; Albemarle at (704) 982-8410; and Thomasville at (336) 475-8410.