Frequently Asked Questions

March 22, 2019
By: Dr. Posten

Discover the answers to your Mohs surgery questions

The concept of Mohs surgery can make people nervous at times. To help ease your mind and answer any questions you may have we’ve compiled a list of common questions regarding Mohs surgery:

What does Mohs stand for?

In regards to Mohs surgery, it does not stand for anything. Mohs surgery is named after its creator, Frederic Mohs in 1938.

Does Mohs surgery hurt?

Before the procedure begins, local anesthesia will be applied. There is generally some discomfort during this initial injection but once the effects of the anesthetic begin, the surgery itself is not painful.

How long does Mohs surgery take to heal?

This is largely dependent on the size and location of the cancer, and as a result the suturing method used to close the wound. A larger wound closed with a skin flap or graft will generally take longer than a smaller wound closed with stitches. In short, it can range from anywhere between days and weeks. However, the full healing of the scar can sometimes take around a year.

Does Mohs surgery guarantee that I will be rid of any cancerous tissue?

Mohs surgery is considered to be the most effective method of treatment for various types of skin cancer. Even with a high cure rate, once your carcinoma is removed, it is advised that you receive regular checkups to ensure that the cancer does not return.

Will there be any scarring?

There will be some scarring. The goal of a Mohs surgeon is to leave as little scarring as possible while still ensuring that the carcinoma is removed. Proper healing techniques on the patient’s part will help ensure that the scarring is minimal.

Can I resume my normal activities after surgery?

Yes and no. After surgery you will essentially have an open wound on your body until it is healed. To reduce the risk of bleeding or other complications it is imperative to take it easy until a doctor has said otherwise. Heavy lifting, swimming, working out, drinking, and other similar activities should be enjoyed AFTER you have fully healed from your Mohs surgery.

Hopefully your question was answered above. If not, feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your Mohs surgery. We want you to be as informed as possible!