Post-Mohs Surgery Instruction

Post-Mohs Surgery Wound Care Instructions

  1. Please keep the initial dressing dry and do not remove for 24 hours
  2. Apply ice (frozen peas/corn) every 2 hours for 20 minutes at a time for the rest of the day
  3. Elevating your surgical site helps minimize swelling. Sleeping with an extra pillow helps
  4. If bleeding occurs, apply firm continuous pressure over bandage for 20-30 minutes without removing the bandage, or looking to see if it has stopped
  5. Exercise or other strenuous activity that places tension on the surgical site (weight lifting, golf, etc.) should be avoided for two weeks after the surgical procedure for optimal wound healing
  6. No aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen for 5 days unless prescribed by another provider. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain
  7. No alcohol for 48 hours after surgery
  8. You may shower and get the area wet 24 hours after the surgery
  9. 24 hours after your surgery change the dressing once a day, using the following steps:
    • Gently remove the old bandage
    • Wash area gently with a cotton ball, gauze or Q-tip using a mixture of ½ water and ½ peroxide to remove any crusting along suture line/wound. If you have steri-strips, clean over strips as previously instructed. No need to remove them – they’ll fall off on their own when ready
    • Pat dry and apply Aquaphor ointment (or plain vaseline) to keep wound moist for better healing until your follow-up appointment
    • Cover with dry sterile gauze or Band-Aid
    • No need to cover the wound if you will be staying indoors as long as ointment has been applied. A dressing must be applied when you are outdoors or when you go to bed
    • If you received dissolving stitches, stop the hydrogen peroxide after 10 days but continue applying Aquaphor until your post-op visit
  10. If your wound becomes red, warm, painful, begins to drain, or if you develop a fever of 101 degrees or greater, please contact us

If you have any further questions or problems, please call the office Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at 781-416-3500.