What Happens During Post-Mohs Reconstruction Surgery?

Dr. Chen will determine the plan that best suits your personal situation. One of two types of procedures will be performed:

  • Flap surgery using tissue from a surrounding area to reconstruct the surgical site. The blood supply is kept intact or reattached, if necessary, to fill in the area of tissue loss.
  • Skin grafting. This involves taking skin from other areas of the body to build up/reconstruct the treated area.

Depending on the complexity of your procedure Dr. Chen will advise you of the following details:

  • Location - Providence Eye office or The Surgery Center at Edgewater
  • Anesthesia - local, IV sedation or general.

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Preparing for Post-Mohs Reconstruction Surgery

Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before (and after) your surgery.
  • Do not eat anything the morning of your surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup the day of your procedure.
  • Have someone drive you home after your appointment.
  • You may want to have someone spend the night with you in case you have any questions or experience any complications.
  • Depending on what procedure is done, a patch may or may not be placed. This may remain in place anywhere from overnight to up to 1 week.

You will be provided detailed instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.

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Recovery from Post-Mohs Reconstruction Surgery

Allow yourself time to heal after your surgery. The length of recovery will depend on the type of surgery that is performed. Dr. Chen may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. However, if you experience any signs of infection (fever, pain, discharge, etc.), contact us immediately.

Dr. Chen and her team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions in writing. We always have a doctor available 24x7 if you have an urgent issue after hours.

Results from Post-Mohs Reconstruction Surgery

It is important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery. Dr. Chen will provide detailed information on what to expect and let you know if it may take more than one procedure to achieve your desired results.

Learn more about post-Mohs reconstruction surgery

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