These days, many individuals who have skin cancer are looking for viable options that can treat the condition. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that Mohs surgery can be the best solution to treat skin cancer.
What Is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During this type of surgery, the layers of skin with cancer are removed. This process goes on until only tissue that is free of cancer remains.
Preparing For Skin Cancer Surgery
The best way to prepare for Mohs surgery is to obtain a good night’s sleep. This should be followed up with the consumption of a healthy breakfast. Generally, the surgery is completed as an outpatient procedure. In the event that you want to take anti-anxiety medication, it will be administered prior to the surgery taking place. Because the surgery will take the majority of the day, many people may wish to bring a magazine or book along. It is also advisable to bring someone with you since the surgery can be relatively tiring. Your companion can offer support and also drive you home.
In many cases, individuals who are preparing to have skin cancer surgery may be required to undergo a pre-operative meeting in which the surgery will be discussed. During the visit, the techniques to be used will be reviewed in a detailed, concise manner. You will also be able to consult with the team that will perform the surgery. Additionally, a biopsy might be performed, and you will complete the required paperwork (such as insurance forms, consent paperwork, etc.).
Medication and Skin Cancer Surgery
Many doctors will request that you cease using aspirins and ibuprofen medications such as Motrin, Advil, Bufferin, or Anacin at least a week prior to your scheduled surgery. This request results from the fact that taking these medications can interfere with the body’s regular blood clotting capacities, thereby causing you to bleed excessively during the surgery. It is also important to note that vitamin E, garlic pills, gingko biloba, and alcohol can increase your risk of bleeding. Therefore, you should discontinue use of these items prior to your surgery.
Skin cancer reconstruction takes place after surgery and involves closing and repairing the skin. The location and size of an individual’s skin cancer will determine the reconstruction process. Generally, the appropriated method involves borrowing excess tissue from skin regions that are nearby and similar to the area being operated on. Each layer from the defect and each tissue type that has been removed has to be replaced. In many cases, cartilage grafts and skin grafts taken from other areas of the neck, head, or body may become necessary for use. In cases in which there has been a nose defect, several surgeries may become necessary in order to generate the optimal outcome.
Schedule Your Consultation
Choosing or needing to undergo skin cancer surgery can be an extremely difficult time. Our team at Southeastern Dermatology is here to guide you every step of the way. We will work with you to ensure comfort, safety and effectiveness of treatment. Contact Southeastern Dermatology to schedule your consultation, and we’ll help you through the process of getting you skin cancer free.