Wound healing and complications
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Patients should understand that there is not an absolute guarantee that any given procedure will be totally free of complications or adverse reactions. Mohs surgery is no exception.
During surgery, tiny nerve endings are cut, which may produce a temporary or permanent numbness in and around the surgical area. If a large tumor is removed or extensive surgery is required, occasionally a nerve to muscles may be cut, resulting in temporary or permanent weakness in a portion of the face. This is, however, an unusual and rare complication that can usually be avoided. The surgical area may remain tender for several weeks or months after surgery, especially if large amounts of tissue were required to be removed. Rarely, some patients experience intermittent itching or shooting pain in the surgical area for 12 to 16 months after skin cancer surgery.
In addition, rarely the skin grafts and flaps used in plastic surgery to cover surgical areas may not fully heal at first, requiring additional repair or laser procedures or just tincture of time.
We encourge you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you might have about a particular condition and the proper treatments. Come in or give us a call to set up a consultation to discuss the treatment process.