How Long is the Mohs Surgery Recovery?

Raised dermatfibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP, non-melanoma skin cancer) on chest shoulder

When treating certain types of skin cancer, time is of the essence. This is why Dr. Francisco Kerdel of the Florida Academic Dermatology Center works with patients to help them understand the benefits of excision. Patients who have recurring skin cancer or skin cancer present on a very visible area of the face or body may want to ask our team about the advantages of Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized method of addressing cancer in an area where removal done in a specific manner is necessary to avoid disfigurement.

How does Mohs micrographic surgery work?

Mohs micrographic surgery is performed in a step-by-step manner to ensure the removal of all cancerous skin cells while leaving healthy, remaining tissue intact. During the procedure, small portions of skin are removed and then evaluated under a microscope. More layers are removed until cancerous cells are no longer seen on the skin sample. Mohs surgery is beneficial for patients who want to reduce scarring and disfigurement, and may be best for cancers that seem to appear deeper than just the skin’s surface.

What can I expect from recovery following Mohs micrographic surgery?

Below are a few recommendations and tips to consider when healing from Mohs micrographic surgery at Florida Academic Dermatology Center:

  • Some blood and seepage from the dressing is normal, but if bleeding continues, call the office
  • Bruising and swelling can occur around the area where the procedure has been performed
  • Most cases of bruising and swelling resolve within a week or two
  • Minimal discomfort is noticed after treatment, and over-the-counter pain medications are fine to take
  • Use an ice pack to help reduce swelling and bruising in the treatment area
  • Avoid vigorous physical activity and exercise until at least a week after your procedure to avoid damage to the stitches and to prevent bleeding and other complications.
  • Visit the doctor for a follow-up to remove sutures and evaluate the healing process

Ready to find out more about Mohs micrographic surgery?

Addressing an area of skin cancer needs to be done as soon as possible for the best possible results and recovery. If you live in the area of Coral Gables, FL, we welcome you to call the Florida Academic Dermatology Center at (305) 324-2110 to request a visit at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite #207. Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his associates work routinely with patients who are faced with skin cancer and are considering excision methods to restore their skin and body’s health.

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