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What are the risks of MOH surgery?

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The risks of Mohs surgery are infection, scarring, bleeding and pain. Surgeons use this procedure in removing skin cancer while preserving as much of the healthy skin as possible. They use a local anesthesia and remove a single layer of skin at a time until they no longer detect cancer cells, according to WebMD.

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What are the risks of MOH surgery?
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Mohs surgery is often useful when skin cancers have irregular borders and when they are recurring. Because the procedure preserves healthy tissue, it is ideal for basal cell carcinoma and squamos cell carcinoma. It offers a high cure rate and prevents recurrence, according to WebMD.

According to Mayo Clinic, all dermatologists have qualifications to complete Mohs surgery due to their medical training. However, some have completed further training through a fellowship. Choosing a surgeon with specialized training often reduces the risks that accompany the surgery.

Surgical candidates can help to reduce their chances of complications from the procedure by stopping use of blood thinning medications and supplements before the procedure. They should talk with the surgeon about when to stop use of the prescription medications warfarin and clopidogrel. Over-the-counter medications, including aspirin, increase the chances of bleeding. According to Mayo Clinic, supplements that include vitamin E, ginkgo and ginger reduce the ability of the blood to clot, so patients should inform the surgeon if they are using them.

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