FAQ

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FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS

Undergoing surgery or a new medical procedure can often leave you with many questions. In this section we are happy to offer you a comprehensive list of questions and answers that will ease your worries and get you prepared for our procedures. If you can’t find your question or want to find out more, please do not hesitate to call us. 

Will I be put to sleep for tHE MOHS surgery?


No. The Mohs surgery is done with a local anesthetic only. This means that the area will be numbed so you won’t feel the procedure, but you will be awake while the surgery is done.

WILL I HAVE A BAD SCAR?


Scarring is a risk of all surgical procedures; however, we will take extreme care to minimize scarring as much as possible. Dr. Vogel is trained, like a plastic surgeon, in the art of closing a wound while preserving a cosmetically pleasing result. On occasion, when working with delicate areas such as the nose, ears and eyes, we may suggest getting a plastic surgeon involved with the closure, but this is rarely necessary.

I am from out of town. Do I need to spend the night after the surgery in San Antonio?


Generally, we do not require patients to stay the night in the San Antonio area; however, there are some occasions where Dr. Vogel might suggest this for cautionary reasons. We cannot tell you for sure if spending the night would be suggested without seeing you first in a pre-operative consult. If you would like to schedule a pre-operative consult to discuss this type of issue, as well as other concerns you may have with the procedure, please let our office know and we will be happy to schedule one for you. If you prefer to have the consult and procedure the same day, we would suggest you prepare for the possibility of staying the night in San Antonio, just in case, but know you may be released to go back home that day. Some patients will choose to stay one night, regardless, if they feel that they may have concerns that might arise overnight (i.e. excessive bleeding from wound site).

What is the Mohs surgery?


Mohs is a tissue sparing surgery that is used to remove a skin cancer from the body. It is typically used on areas where conservation of healthy tissue is a priority, such as the face, nose, ears, and hands. The Mohs procedure is executed by removing the visible tumor from a biopsy proven to be skin cancer. Once removed, the tissue is sent to the lab to be processed. Our lab takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to process each set of tissue. Dr. Vogel will then examine all margins of the tissue to see if any cancer cells remain on the edges. If cancer cells are present on the edge, that tells her those cells still remain on the skin in that location. At this point, Dr. Vogel will take an additional margin of tissue from the area on the body that is showing positive margins. This process continues throughout the day until all margins are clear of cancer cells. Once all margins are clear, Dr. Vogel will close the wound.

I am taking blood thinners. Do I need to stop?


Please inform our office of all medications you are currently taking. In some instances, we may ask you to stop some blood thinners for a period of time prior to the surgery. Please do not stop taking any medications without discussing it with our office or with the prescribing physician’s office first, as this could present a risk to your health.

WILL I HAVE ANY RESTRICTIONS AFTER THE MOHS SURGERY?


After the surgery, most patients have sutures that will remain for anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. During the time that sutures are in the body, you will want to minimize physical activity. The reason for this is that you run the risk of popping a suture if you strain the body too much. Once sutures are removed, most patients are able to resume normal activity.

How long will this surgery take?


There is no way for us to say exactly how long the surgery will take. Every case is different. On average, patients are here for approximately 4-6 hours. To be safe, please plan to spend the whole day with our office, and do not have any other appointments scheduled for that day.
Woman being prepare to the surgery

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