Preparing for Mohs Micrographic Surgery

The pre-operative visit will allow Dr. Kennard to examine your skin cancer, review your medical history, and determine whether the technique of Mohs micrographic surgery is the most suitable way of treating your skin cancer. Also, it gives you an opportunity to learn about the procedure. Every skin cancer is different, and because of the high demand for and extended nature of Mohs micrographic surgery, careful scheduling is necessary. A date for surgery that is mutually acceptable will be arranged. When patients are referred to us, a biopsy (removal of a piece of tissue) will have been previously performed to establish the type of cancer. Since all skin cancers are not alike, we need to know exactly what type you have before we can decide how best to proceed. The skin cancer and surrounding skin will be photographed before treatment as well as immediately after surgery and again after healing. These photographs are used to document your procedure and copies will be provided in the follow-up information we provide to your referring doctor. Some patients will be treated by more than one specialist because of the special resources or techniques required for their case. Pre-operative visits with these specialist may also be required.


Will I Need to be Hospitalized?

Whenever possible, the surgery is performed as an outpatient in our office. Rarely, we require that you stay in the hospital. At the time of your initial visit, we will inform you if we feel it would be best for you to be hospitalized. Occasionally, patients must be hospitalized after treatment to allow follow-up or reconstruction.


Getting Ready for Your Mohs Micrographic Surgery

      • Take your usual medications as directed, unless otherwise instructed.
      • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for 2 days prior to surgery.
      • Decrease or quit the use of all tobacco products 2 days prior to surgery.
      • Please notify us as soon as possible if your medical condition changes or you are prescribed new medication.
      • If you need to cancel your appointment, please notify us as soon as you can so that we will have enough time to schedule others awaiting surgery.