Preparing for Your Mohs Surgery & What to Bring

  • Stop taking supplements that can thin the blood 2 weeks prior to surgery (such as fish oil, omega 3, vitamin E, or baby aspirin that is not prescribed by your doctor).
  • Do not fast—eat your normal dinner and have a good breakfast on the day of the procedure.
  • Take all your normal medications. If you take medicines during the day, please bring them with you. If you take blood pressure medications, do not skip them.
  • Let our office know if you are on coumadin or warfarin. You will need to have your INR checked within 1 week before Mohs surgery.
  • If you are on any other blood thinners, continue taking them as usual.
  • Take a shower the morning of surgery as you will not be able to get the surgical site wet for 24-48 hours after surgery. Do not apply moisturizers to the surgical area.
  • If you have been prescribed an antibiotic prior to surgery, please take it 1 hour before your appointment.
  • Smoking interferes with wound healing. Please make every effort to minimize smoking for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Clear your schedule for the day. Mohs surgery usually takes 4-6 hours but due to the nature of the procedure, the number of stages and hence length of time, can be unpredictable.
  • Do not plan long-distance travel for 2 weeks after surgery.

What to Bring On the Day of Surgery:

Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure, but because of the tissue processing time, you may be spending most of the day with us. You will be awake throughout the day, so please bring a book/magazine/electronic device to pass the time while you wait. Most patients are surprised at how tired they are by the end of the day, so please have someone available to drive you home if needed.

We will have some light snacks, coffee, and water available in the office, but many please also bring:

  • Additional snacks / lunch and drinks
  • Any medications you usually take during the day, glucose monitor if applicable
  • Book/magazine/iPad
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