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- What is Mohs surgery?
- Why is the procedure called Mohs?
- Where can I have Mohs surgery, and how long does the surgery take?
- What kind of physician can perform Mohs surgery? Where can I find a doctor board-certified in Mohs?
- Is Mohs only for skin cancer?
- Am I a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
- What if I have artificial joints or other health issues?
- What areas are treatable by Mohs surgery?
- What are possible complications of Mohs?
- What is reconstruction? Will I have a scar after Mohs surgery?
- What about insurance coverage and costs of Mohs surgery?
- What are alternatives for Mohs surgery?
- How do I prepare for my Mohs surgery?
- What is the recovery time for Mohs surgery? Is Mohs painful?
- How do I take care of my surgical area after Mohs surgery?
- What is the chance that my cancer will recur after Mohs surgery?
- How many "levels" of Mohs surgery will I need?
- How are skin cancers treated?
Am I a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
The best treatment choice depends on various factors, including location, type of skin cancer, past treatments, and one’s overall health. Your physician can help you sort through the different options and assist in your choice. The right decision is a very personal one.
What if I have artificial joints or other health issues?
Your surgeon needs to know of any underlying medical conditions that may affect your surgery or wound healing. You would want to be certain to tell your surgeon beforehand if you have any artificial parts (implants) like knees or hips, a pacemaker or defibrillator, or need to take antibiotics before dental procedures because of a heart condition or murmur.
Your surgeon needs to know if you have had a history of staph or other skin infections in the recent past. You may be asked to wash with a special antibiotic soap or wash like chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) the night or morning before surgery to help reduce the number of bacteria on your skin.
Patients need to also advise their surgeon of any drug allergies to anesthetics like lidocaine (Xylocaine) or procaine (Novocaine). Additionally, the surgeon may need to know of any bleeding or bruising tendencies, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or pregnancy.