What Are the Risks of Mohs Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, Mohs surgery carries the risk of:

  • Bleeding from the wound
  • Blood collecting under the wound (hematoma)
  • Pain or tenderness around the surgical site
  • Infection
  • Temporary or permanent numbness, decreased sensation, or decreased movement due to nerve damage

You should anticipate that you will have a surgical scar after Mohs surgery and be aware that the scar may be red, long, in a series of lines or take other forms. The appearance of your surgical scar will gradually improve over time as scars take months to mature. Your surgeon will optimize your repair to give you the best result possible. In some cases you may be recommended to allow the site to heal without stitches if this is felt to be appropriate for your case.

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