Not to be curt, “…been there done that”. I had the MOHS surgery over a year ago. It really is a piece of cake compared with what we go through at our Urologist. My skin cancer (also Basal cell carcinoma) was on my ear. In my area there is a specialist that primarily does MOHS procedures. The surgery itself does not take very long and is done with a local anesthetic. In my case the reconstruction (skin and tissue transplant) took almost an hour. Bottom line, don’t worry about the procedure. You most likely will have to tolerate the embarrassment and inconvenience of a bandage covering the area. For me it was about a week. However, from what we have tolerated with the procedures and mental stress of our BC, this is a cake walk. I also echo the congratulations on your clean cysto.
Best of luck,
dx - Aug 2005
Five reoccurences (last 12/09 Ta high grade)
BCG Started 10/09 (2 6wk treatment)
BCG Maintenance started 4/10
First, I'm very happy to hear about the all clear. About the skin cancer -- My husband had a similar cancer on the back of his ear removed via conventional surgery, but it recurred within a year, so his dermatologist sent to him to another specialist who does the Mohs procedure. The Mohs worked like a charm, and he's had no further problems. You are right about it being a "subtle" type of skin cancer -- my husband's initial manifestation was a tiny red line that didn't heal, and the recurrence was just a rough slightly itchy area near the scar from the first surgery. Best of luck with your procedure.
Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.