Reconstruction after Mohs surgery can be performed on the same day of the surgery, or at a later date. Each case is different but, in general, when Mohs-reconstruction surgery is performed depends on the location of the tumor, its size, and how far it extends beneath the skin. Unless a decision is made to let the wound heal by itself, the following techniques are used for reconstruction:
- Stitching the wound closed
- Skin graft (skin is taken from another part of the body)
- Skin flap (skin is shifted from a nearby area)
In cases in which the wound is too large or complicated for repair by the Mohs surgeon, who is usually a dermatologist, the wound is closed temporarily, and the patient is referred to a reconstructive plastic surgeon.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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