Published: Sept. 20, 2010
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
Mohs surgery is typically a relatively minor surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis in the office. Be prepared to spend the entire day in the office, although three to five hours is the average time required.
Eat a full breakfast and bring some reading material. It is also important to bring a friend or family member along. Although you will be physically able to drive yourself home, you may be tired and have some swelling.
The surgery is performed in steps or stages. Each stage involves about five minutes of surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, at which point we will microscopically examine the tissue to determine if any skin cancer remains. The number of steps or stages required depends upon the size and depth of the cancer.
The actual procedure is as follows:
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