Mohs Surgery Recovery & Aftercare
We request that a family member or friend accompany you on the day of your surgery to provide companionship and to assist you in getting home. Do not make important plans in the days immediately following your surgery.
Many people are concerned about pain after their Mohs surgery; however, for the great majority of patients, postoperative pain is very mild and rarely needs medications beyond Tylenol (acetaminophen).
How Long Do Swelling & Bruising Last After Mohs Surgery?
Swelling and bruising are common following Mohs surgery, particularly when surgery is performed around the eyes. This usually occurs within 5 to 7 days after surgery and may be decreased by the use of an ice pack during the first 24 to 48 hours.
Please keep in mind that it often takes months before final wound healing is complete and the best cosmetic result is obtained.
Are There Any Activity Restrictions After Mohs Surgery?
Although rare, bleeding after surgery is the most common potential postoperative complication. To minimize the chances of this occurring, please reduce activity as much as possible after surgery—no bending, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, or exertion.
What Are Possible Side Effects I Should Know About?
Infection is also a possibility following surgery, but it occurs only in 1 to 2% of patients. Often a small red area may develop surrounding your wound. This is normal and does not necessarily indicate infection. However, if this redness does not subside, and if the wound begins to drain pus or becomes swollen or very tender, you should notify us immediately.
At times, the area surrounding your wound will be numb to the touch. This may persist for weeks or months, and in some instances, can be permanent. This is due to trauma to the small nerve endings on the skin surface that occurs during the removal of the tumor.
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