RisksBy Mayo Clinic Staff
As with any surgical procedure, Mohs surgery carries the risk of:
- Bleeding from the wound
- Bleeding into the wound (hematoma)
- Pain or tenderness around the surgical site
Your surgeon may recommend pain relievers after the procedure to help manage any pain.
Other complications that may result from Mohs surgery are uncommon but may include:
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- Temporary or permanent numbness surrounding the surgical area, if small nerve endings are cut
- Temporary or permanent weakness of the surgical area, if the tumor is large and a muscle nerve is severed
- Itching or shooting pain in the affected area
- An enlarged scar (keloid)
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