An objective of Mohs is to avoid plastic surgery. In the rare cases where this is required, leading reconstructive specialists are available to help.
You may experience a little swelling, or bruising, particularly if surgery is around the eye. Most patients do not have significant pain or discomfort, during or after Mohs surgery but we provide painkillers, if you feel they will help.
We go through all the details you need on caring for your wound at home. If stitches are in place, you will be asked to come back to the clinic after seven days, for their removal, if they are the non dissolving type.
Stiches may not be required, an advantage of Mohs is the reduction of wound size, a cosmetic plus. Part of giving careful consideration to the appearance of your skin after surgery.
In a good proportion of cases, after the cancer has been removed, we can allow the wound to heal naturally, without any need for additional surgery.
Where extra help is needed, your specialist can often perform simple or complex wound repair during the operation. A dermatological consultant is focused on aesthetic needs and this will be to a high standard.
Our clinics lead the sector for skin cancer treatment through skills and technology but also because we care about the effect of treatment.
In just a few cases, there may be wounds which would benefit from the reconstructive skills of a plastic surgeon. This treatment can be carried out by respected specialists at either of our London clinics.
Long Term Outcome
Mohs surgery has an exceptional permanent cure rate. There is no technique which surpasses this approach, if there were, we would be using that option.
There is no reason to assume you will have problems in the future but with a history of skin cancer, monitoring your health and watching for any related issues is a sensible approach.
We recommend an appointment with one of our consultants for a check up, at reasonable intervals. This ensures any rare recurrence is seen at an early stage and above all, gives you peace of mind. You can see details on self help and screening.
Everything you wish, or need to know will be discussed with you, at your consultation, before surgery and after surgery. We believe patients benefit from being informed.
If you have queries at any time, the day before surgery, a year afterwards, we are here to help. Our specialist Mohs surgeons and all the staff they work with are committed to patient support.
Mohs surgery is a very personal procedure, geared to you as an individual. By all means call us to discuss Mohs, or any aspect of skin cancer treatment. You are equally welcome to arrange a consultation via the appointment button below.