Following Mohs surgery for skin cancer, patients are left with a wound that may or may not be stitched up depending on its size and depth. In order for the wound to heal properly and avoid side effects like bleeding and infection, proper wound care is essential. Find out how to care for a wound after Mohs surgery, below.
Caring for a Wound Immediately After Mohs Surgery
Your doctor will send you home with clear instructions on how to care for your wound after Mohs surgery, but you can consult the list below to get an idea of what this might entail:
- Immediately following surgery, the wound should be compressed to help prevent bleeding.
- Some patients will be prescribed an antibiotic to help prevent infection of the wound.
- It is also recommended to keep the wound dry for at least one full day after surgery.
- After the first full day of keeping the wound dry, it should be cleaned once per day either in the shower or under running water, lathering it gently with soap. Rinse and gently blot dry with a clean towel. Once dry, apply a thin layer of vaseline (or the product recommended by your doctor) and cover the wound with a new bandage.
- In the first few days after surgery, patients may be instructed to limit movement to help prevent bleeding. This means avoiding heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and bending over.
After Mohs surgery, you will likely be instructed to schedule a follow-up appointment shortly after to check up on the healing process of your wound. Depending on the size and depth of the wound, it may take anywhere from four to six weeks to fully heal.
Is There Pain After Mohs Surgery?
Most patients only experience mild pain or discomfort after Mohs surgery, and swelling and bruising are common. Depending on the size and location of the wound, however, some patients may experience more significant pain or discomfort.
Searching for a Less Invasive Alternative to Mohs?
Are you interested in exploring an alternative to Mohs surgery that will have less of an impact on your daily life? Consider Image Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT). Unlike Mohs surgery, IG-SRT requires no cutting and leaves no wound for patients to care for. This advanced technology uses a machine to deliver a low dose of radiation just beneath the surface of the skin, destroying the cancer cells but not the surrounding healthy cells. No wound means no scarring, and patients who undergo IG-SRT treatment are typically free to get back to their daily routine without restricting movement.
Learn More About IG-SRT With GentleCure
If you would like additional information on how IG-SRT can be used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer, please call GentleCure at 312-987-6543 to speak with a skin cancer information specialist. We can inform you of how IG-SRT works, what you can expect during treatment, and any other common questions you may have.