Mohs Surgery is a highly successful procedure designed to get rid of skin cancer while limiting the damage to healthy tissue. This procedure boasts the highest cure rate for many common forms of skin cancer and is used in instances in which the procedure must be performed on the face, neck or highly visible area of the body where scarring may be a cosmetic concern. It is also used for children with skin cancer and in instances when the cancer has a good chance of spreading to other areas. Talk to your doctor about Mohs Surgery to determine if the procedure is right for you.
MedicationsDo not stop taking medications ordered and prescribed by a doctor prior to the procedure. This includes blood thinners such as aspirin. Bring a complete list of all medications that you are taking on the day of your surgery. In some cases, a blood study may be conducted about a week before the procedure, the results of which should be shared with the doctor or surgeon performing Mohs Surgery. However, you should stop taking over-the-counter medications not prescribed or ordered by your doctor including aspirin, ibuprofen and other supplements. This is intended to reduce your risk of bleeding. These medications should be stopped about a week to 10 days prior to the procedure. It is very important to follow your doctor's instructions regarding medication before the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding and other complications.
AntibioticsYou do not need to take antibiotics prior to Mohs Surgery, although they may be recommended about an hour prior to the procedure in certain situations:
• Patients who have had joint replacement surgery in the past year;
• Patients with artificial heart or heart valves;
• Patients with certain heart or heart valve problems.