Mohs surgery combines the surgical removal of cancer and immediate microscopic examination of the tissue. This allows the surgeon to remove only cancerous skin and preserve as much healthy skin as possible. For these reasons, Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate of any skin cancer treatment methods, and also creates the smallest possible surgical defect, allowing for a better cosmetic outcome.
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Once the tumor and surrounding skin have been completely numbed, the visible portion of the tumor is removed. The tissue is taken to our laboratory and processed onto slides. The physician uses a microscope to see if any cancer cells remain. If any cancer cells have been left behind, the surgeon will go back and remove any additional tissue in that exact area. This process is repeated as many times as necessary to ensure complete removal to the tumor. Once all the cancer is removed, the surgeon will repair the wound with stitches (or allow the wound to heal if stitches are not needed).
As an experienced Mohs surgery center, we've successfully treated a large number of patients. Our expertise helps you achieve the best possible results.
Highlights of our program include:
The best way to know whether Mohs surgery is right for you is by scheduling a visit with one of our dermatologists. After a detailed evaluation, we confirm the type of cancer and let you know your skin cancer treatment options.
We use Mohs surgery to treat common forms of skin cancer, including:
We may also recommend Mohs surgery to treat skin cancers that:
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