If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, Mohs surgery is the gold standard treatment, delivering a 99% cure rate for primary tumors. After Mohs surgery, you need to take excellent care of the wound. Ashley Huddleston, MD, Autumn Savage, DO, CWS-P, and the experienced team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, can help you achieve a faster recovery with a lower risk of complications like infections. If you need post-Mohs surgery wound care, call or book an appointment online today.
Post-Mohs surgery refers to taking care of the wound after Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is a specialized procedure for removing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, the two most common types of skin cancer.
During a Mohs procedure, your surgeon precisely maps cancer, then removes thin layers of skin one layer at a time. While this technique spares as much healthy skin as possible, it still leaves a wound.
Your post-Mohs wound may be small or deep, with or without stitches, or include a skin graft. All types of wounds demand diligent wound care to ensure optimal healing, minimize scarring, and prevent complications.
Post-Mohs surgery patients may develop surgical wound complications such as:
You should expect a small amount of bleeding or clear leakage from your wound. Because your wound is fragile at first, most surgeons recommend that you avoid vigorous activities and lifting heavy objects to lower your risk of excessive bleeding that’s hard to stop.
You lower your risk of infection by keeping the wound clean and covered. Watch for these signs of infection:
If you develop any of these symptoms, call Wound Evolution for immediate wound care.
Wound dehiscence, or wound separation, occurs when the edges of your post-Mohs wound fail to close properly.
During normal wound healing, the edges of the wound slowly heal, working their way into the center of the wound where the edges meet and seal. When this doesn’t happen, the edges separate and the wound reopens.
The top causes of wound dehiscence include poor nutrition, infection, and too much stress on the wound, such as coughing or sneezing.
Once dehiscence develops, the team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine must reclose the wound and carefully monitor the ongoing healing process.
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers comprehensive wound care for your post-Mohs surgical wound. They provide many services that accelerate healing and minimize scarring, including debridement for an infection, specialized bandages, bioengineered skin grafts, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
If you need help caring for a post-Mohs surgery wound, call Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine or book an appointment online today.