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What Are the Side Effects of Mohs Surgery?

The potential side effects of Mohs surgery include pain, tenderness, swelling, scarring, and more. They can vary on an individual basis: some people who treat their skin cancer with Mohs surgery may experience no side effects, while others might experience several.

If you’re at all concerned about these side effects, or if you’d like to pursue skin cancer treatments that will not interrupt your daily life, you should also learn more about Image-Guided SRT, a surgery-free cure for common skin cancers. Make an informed decision by speaking with your doctor, and learn more about the differences between Mohs surgery and Image-Guided SRT with GentleCure.

Potential Side Effects of Mohs Surgery

Everyone’s experience with Mohs surgery is different. Side effects may occur immediately after surgery or in the days and weeks that follow. Additionally, they may be more or less severe depending on factors like the size and location of the wound. For example, the side effects of Mohs surgery on the scalp of one patient may differ from those experienced by a patient who had Mohs surgery on their shoulder. 

Possible side effects of Mohs surgery may include:

  • Pain, tenderness, or a burning sensation of the wound and the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Numbness or nerve damage to the skin surrounding the wound (nerve damage may last for several months, or in some cases may be permanent)

Following Mohs surgery, some people who receive the treatment are prescribed an antibiotic to help prevent infection. In some individuals, the antibiotics may cause additional unpleasant side effects like nausea and indigestion.

Are There Alternatives to Mohs Surgery?

Many people who pursue skin cancer treatment will only experience mild discomfort following Mohs surgery. However, the very possibility of severe side effects—and the accompanying impact to daily life—is a concern for many people. In fact, one-in-three Mohs patients will require cosmetic surgery following their Mohs procedure.

The good news is, for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers—the most common forms of the disease—Mohs surgery is just one of your options.

If you are interested in a surgery-free cure for skin cancer, consider Image-Guided SRT. This highly effective treatment requires no cutting, meaning there is no potential for side effects like bleeding, scarring, or infection. Instead, IG-SRT treats basal and squamous cell skin cancers with targeted radiotherapy. Treatment is completed by a radiotherapist in a dermatologist’s office, and you won’t have to schedule downtime to care for your wound. Skin reactions to IG-SRT are typically very mild, and many will experience no side effects at all.

Call GentleCure to Learn More About IG-SRT

Want to learn more about IG-SRT? Find out how it works and what to expect during treatment to help you determine iWant to learn more about Image-Guided SRT? To find out how this surgery-free cure for skin cancer works, call the GentleCure team at 855-546-1887 to speak with a skin cancer information specialist today. There are over 150 dermatology practices in the United States offering IG-SRT treatment; talk to your doctor to find out if Image-Guided SRT could be the right choice for you!