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Preparing for Mohs Surgery

As you prepare for your upcoming Mohs surgery, Miami Mohs Surgeon Dr. Devorah Shagalov want to ensure you have all the information you need for a smooth experience and successful recovery. Please review the following instructions carefully.

What should you bring the day of your Mohs Surgery?

On the day of your surgery, please bring your insurance cards, a list of your current medications, and any other documents we have requested. Please bring a book, other forms of entertainment and snacks as you may be at the office for many hours. For added support, consider bringing a family member or friend with you.

Mohs Surgery Medication Guidelines

Avoid aspirin, aspirin-containing products, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve) or other NSAIDS for 7 days before your surgery, as they can increase bleeding. If these are prescribed by your doctor for heart or stroke conditions, continue taking them.

  • Do not discontinue medications like Coumadin, Xarelto, or Plavix, unless specifically instructed to do so by your cardiologist.
  • Stop taking herbal supplements such as garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, ginger, Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer, vitamin E, and fish oil at least 72 hours prior.
  • For pain relief, Tylenol is acceptable.

Lifestyle Considerations before and after Mohs Surgery

  • Smoking: For improved healing, refrain from smoking 48 hours before and after the procedure until healed.
  • Alcohol: Avoid alcohol 24 hours before and immediately after your surgery, as it can increase bleeding risks.

The Day of Surgery

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • You are not required to fast. Have a normal breakfast or lunch, and bring a snack, as the procedure can be lengthy.
  • Inform your physician if you have a pacemaker or defibrillator.
  • Cancel all activities for the surgery day and possibly longer.

Post-Operative Care

  • You will receive detailed wound care instructions before leaving the office on your day of surgery.
  • Expect to go home with a large bandage and rest after the surgery.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks, with specific guidance based on the surgery site.

Biscayne Dermatology is committed to ensuring your comfort and safety throughout this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office in Miami, Fl. Biscayne Dermatology is located in Midtown Miami on the border of Edgewater and Wynwood a few blocks from the Design District, Miami Beach, and Downtown Miami.

At a Glance

Dr. Devorah Shagalov

  • Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
  • Recipient of numerous dermatology awards
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