Facial Reconstruction After Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery
Mohs surgery has proven to be a very effective procedure to treat skin cancers of the head, face, and neck. This micrographic technique was created in 1938 by general surgeon Fredric Mohs and involves removing layers of tissue from a precise location in order to eliminate cancer cells. Unfortunately, this procedure often creates disfiguring wounds that must be addressed by an experienced reconstructive surgeon. CornerStone ear, Nose & Throat offers the expertise to repair Mohs surgery wounds, and restore a patient’s appearance and function.
Board-certified otolaryngologist Daniel Gerry, MD, is fellowship-trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has performed more than 2,000 Mohs reconstructions, as well as numerous facial cosmetic surgeries. His application of the skills and principles used in facial cosmetic surgery ensures that facial features look as natural as possible once healing is complete. Dr. Gerry also places the utmost value on the doctor-patient relationship. He takes the time to listen to his patients and always explains recommended treatment plans in detail so that patients can feel comfortable and confident in the process.
The Reconstructive Surgery Process
- Reconstructive surgery usually takes place within 24 hours of Mohs surgery.
- Most Mohs reconstructions can be performed safely and comfortably in our office surgical suite with local anesthesia, avoiding the risks of going under general anesthesia.
- Most Mohs reconstruction procedures last no more than 1-2 hours.
- Patients are usually able to go home after the procedure.
- Postoperative pain is usually mild and controlled with pain medication such as Tylenol or Motrin.
- Healing time is typically within 1-2 weeks, but some patients may require a longer healing period due to the size or complexity of the reconstruction, and other medical conditions such as diabetes, immune suppression, or tobacco use.
- Complications are rare and almost always minor in severity.
Watch fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Daniel Gerry, MD, explain his approach to reconstructive surgery.