Step 5: The second procedure
When they finally called me in to see the surgeon again, he affirmed that they would have to remove another layer, but that they had to first numb the area again. So, same as the first time, they injected something into the site, and I waited alone for the numbness to take effect, and then the surgeon came back and he performed the procedure a second time, removing a section of my skin. Then they told me to go into the waiting room again.
Step 6: Waiting for the lab result
Just like the first time, I waited for the results for an hour. I sat in the waiting room, looking at my phone, talking to my daughter, and trying to distract myself. The good news is that this time, the lab report showed no cancer cells, so it was time to stitch me up and send me home. I couldn’t wait to be finished and to get out of there.
Step 7: The stitching and follow up instructions
Once again, they gave me an injection to numb the site, and I waited alone in the room as the surgeon and nurse went off to see other patients. I asked the nurse to give me the wound care instructions and other information while I waited, so that I could leave as soon as he was done stitching me. I didn’t want to spend any more time there; I had already been in the office for 5 hours. She went over everything carefully, including how to clean the wound, what medicine to take (Extra Strength Tylenol and Advil, and a prescription pain medicine if needed), come back next week to have the stitches removed, no exercise for at least 5 days, no heavy lifting until the stitches are removed.
The surgeon asked if I wanted to see the wound before he stitched it up, and I said no. But I did look at the stitches once he was done. He showed me how he had tried to wrap the stitches around the arch of my eyebrow, so they would hopefully not be too noticeable, and then he covered them with gauze and a bandage. After handing me two prescriptions, one for an antibiotic ointment and one for a pain medicine, they told me I could go home.
Step 8: Leaving the office – finally!
I don’t even really know how I felt leaving the office. I was happy to be done, hungry, tired and anxious to get home to do some work. I hadn’t planned on being there for 5 ½ hours. I didn’t feel any pain.
I wrote this all out in the hope that someone who has to have Mohs Surgery can read it and get some glimpse into what lies ahead for him or her. I hope it helps prepare you for that day. I’m sure everyone’s experience will be different, but I am guessing that some aspects of the surgery experience will be similar. Feel free to comment and let me know.