Mohs surgery is safely performed under local anesthetic. That is, patients are fully awake during the procedure, but not feeling pain. If more than one sample is required, we again anesthetize the surgery site so it is numb throughout the day. Furthermore, we use a special long-acting local anesthetic so that the numbness does not wear off during wait times. If repair is required, we will use a local anesthetic for this procedure as well. We strive to ensure that our patients are not feeling pain either during tissue removal or during any repair work.
After the surgery, the majority of our patients report only minor discomfort. This typically lasts for a short time after the surgery. However, the extent of the procedure varies from patient to patient as does the experience of pain. Therefore, a prescription for pain medication will be offered following surgery to help with any discomfort.