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. The experienced team at Wound Evolution in Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Texas, and Overland Park, Kansas, 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.
What is post-Mohs surgery?
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.
What wound complications may develop post-Mohs surgery?
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:
- Wound drainage that’s cloudy or discolored
- Redness spreading out from the wound
- Enlarged lymph nodes near the surgical site
- Pain that gets worse
If you develop any of these symptoms, call Wound Evolution for immediate wound care.
What happens during hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy onsite in its state-of-the-art offices. Prior to treatment, you remove any hair products or skin-based petroleum products and give your cell phone and any other electronics to your provider.
Afterward, you sit or lie down on an exam table and place a lightweight mask or hood over your head. The mask or hood releases a steady stream of oxygen directly into your lungs.
The increased air pressure may cause your ears to pop like they would on an airplane or at high altitudes. To relieve pressure, you can yawn or swallow.
The treatment lasts for about two hours. Throughout treatment, the team at Wound Evolution monitors you and the therapy unit.
How Do Wound Care Specialists Help With Post-Mohs Surgery Treatment?
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.