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How to Care for a Wound After Mohs Surgery

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One of the most common treatments for skin cancer is Mohs micrographic surgery. This particular surgery requires a dermatologist at Keys Dermatology to remove affected areas of skin to eliminate skin cancer while keeping the surrounding tissues intact. However, many patients who are considering this treatment may have questions about aftercare. We are here to help you learn more about caring for your wound to reduce the risk of complications.

Tips for Mohs Micrographic Surgery Aftercare

After Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer, it is important to take care of your wound. The following tips are some of the recommendations we may make in caring for your wound:

  • Keep the wound clean and dry. You may shower or bathe, but do not soak the wound in water. Avoid using harsh soaps or detergents on the wound. Gently clean around the wound with mild soap and water.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound. This helps keep the area moist and promotes healing.
  • Place a bandage over the wound. Change the bandage as needed or as directed by your doctor.
  • Keep an eye on the wound and wound area for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or drainage. If you notice any of these signs of infection, connect with your doctor immediately.
  • Follow up with your doctor as directed. You will likely need to have the wound checked and re-bandaged on a regular basis.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your wound heals properly and minimize the risk of infection and other complications that can occur without the appropriate care.

How do I find out if Mohs micrographic surgery is right for me?

While a skin cancer diagnosis can be scary, treatment doesn't have to be. If you live in the Key West or Islamorada, FL communities and want to speak to a provider at our facility about Mohs micrographic surgery and other skin cancer treatments, call us at 305-296-3334 to request an appointment at one of our two office locations. Keys Dermatology is here to help both new and returning patients with general and cosmetic dermatology needs.

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