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Preparing for Mohs Surgery

Updated: May 8, 2023

Mohs surgery is a surgical technique that is used to remove skin cancer. It involves removing the cancerous tissue layer by layer and examining it under a microscope until no cancer cells are present. If you are preparing for Mohs surgery, here are some tips to help you:

  1. Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor: Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications before the surgery. Remember, you can update your patient portal at any time if you have added a new medication since your last visit.

  2. Wear comfortable clothing: You may be in surgery for several hours, so it's important to wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in.

  3. Bring a friend or family member: Depending on where your surgery is located on the body, it is helpful to have someone with you during the surgery process to provide support.

  4. Follow your doctor's instructions: We will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and for wound care for after the surgery.

  5. Prepare for the recovery period: You may need to take time off work or limit your activities while you recover from the surgery. Make sure you have everything you need at home to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.

  6. Have a plan for transportation: You may not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, so make sure you have someone who can drive you.

  7. Don't be afraid to ask questions: If you have any questions or concerns about the surgery, don't hesitate to ask your doctor or surgeon. They are there to help you and provide you with the information you need to feel confident and prepared.

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