Post-Mohs Surgery Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers -  - Wound Care Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers

Wound Care Specialists located in Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA & Encino, CA

When patients require Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancer, Tower Wound Care Center offers innovative options for the repair of the surgical site. Patients can receive the advance care they need for post-Mohs surgery wound care at three locations: 3rd Street in Los Angeles, Ventura Boulevard in Encino, and 20th Street in Santa Monica, CA.

Post-Mohs Surgery Q & A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is an operation used for removal of cancerous skin cells. The technique has come to be known as the most successful treatment for Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. It has become used extensively because it has the unique ability to excise cancerous skin cells while maintaining the greatest amount of healthy tissue possible and it has tremendously high cure rates of 98% or more.

What is reconstruction?

Surgical reconstruction is repairing or fixing the wound. This may involve stitching the wound closed from side to side. Occasionally, the area could heal best by leaving the wound naturally heal by itself without stitches. At the office, reconstruction options can include stitch-free healing, skin grafts, where a flap of skin from a donor site is used to repair the area, or they frequently choose to use skin substitutes to avoid creating a new “wound” in the donor area.

What is the PriMatrix® Dermal Repair Scaffold?

The PriMatrix® Dermal Repair Scaffold is a synthetic tissue replacement used for addressing the most challenging wounds. This acellular dermal matrix offers an ideal environment to support critical wound healing processes. PriMatrix is rich in Type III collagen, which is active in developing and healing tissues. It is often used by the office to address the Mohs surgery sites.

How do I care for my surgical site?

Frequently, patients will need to rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure. Avoiding heavy lifting and exercise, particularly in the first 24-48 hours, is recommended. Patients will usually have a pressure dressing worn for a day. Keep the area dry for the first 24 hours. Swimming pools, oceans, and hot tubs are typically not allowed while the stitches are in as they can increase the likelihood of infection. Patients should be able to shower the next day. Cleaning the wound with soap or hydrogen peroxide two to three times a day and applying petroleum jelly may be needed. Mild swelling is not uncommon and can be reduced by using a cold/ice pack. When icing, leave the dressing in place and use the pack every 5 to 15 minutes each hour for the initial 8 to 24 hours following surgery.

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