When Going In For Mohs Surgery

Posted on: 20 August 2017

It is important to treat your skin with a great deal of care. A major problem in the United States is skin cancer. There is an estimated 87,110 new cases of melanoma skin cancer predicted to be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2017. The major problem with this statistic is that it is estimated to result in approximately 9,730 casualties. So, skin cancer is a very big problem. Luckily there is a procedure that has been developed that can be very effective in treating skin cancer. This procedure is called Mohs Surgery. This is a procedure in which the doctor uses a razor blade to slowly trim the skin off of the body. The doctor does this until tall the cancerous tissue is removed from the body. Here are a few things you should remember when getting ready to go through the surgery. 

Arrange A Ride Home

You may not be thinking about it, because Mohs Surgery is not that invasive. In fact the surgery is fairly simple, and usually only requires a local anesthesia. However, the local anesthesia may still make you a little tired. Perhaps the biggest reason that you should arrange for a ride home is that the stress and adrenaline that have been going through your body can make you extremely sleepy, or it can make you a bit more edgy. The best option is to have a ride arranged well in advance.

Prepare For Recovery

It can be very frustrating to have to go to the store to pick up a medicine after you go through a procedure. In order to stay out of the store right after you go through the procedure, you should stock up on all of your supplies before you go in for the procedure. Be sure that you get all the medicated ointments that you need so you do not have to make a trip to the store.

Blood Thinners

You need to remember that you are going to have a doctor removing the melanoma from your skin with a razor. This means that you are going to bleed. However, the doctor will be able to get the bleeding under control. The only thing that could complicate this is if you have been taking over the counter blood thinners, or any natural blood thinners. The doctor is likely to tell you not to take any blood thinners, but there are a few natural foods that can be natural blood thinners. Watch out for   fish oil, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, and vitamin E. Contact a medical clinic, like Asheboro Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center, for more help.