Mohs surgery is a highly specialized, precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs can be done anywhere on the body but is typically reserved for cases on the head/neck. Mohs micrographic surgery offers the best cure rate while conserving as much healthy skin as possible.
Advantages of Mohs surgery:
- Immediate notification that the cancer is completely removed
- The highest published cure rates for many forms of skin cancer, making it less likely that the cancer will recur
- Cancer recurrence rates in patients who have had Mohs surgery is less than 2 percent, while those who do not undergo this surgery have recurrence rates of more than 10 percent
- Maximum preservation of healthy skin for the best possible cosmetic and functional results
Patients will receive all pre-treatment instructions from their physician prior to undergoing MOHS surgery and reconstruction. Patient will also receive a Mohs packet in the mail outlining the details of the procedure
After numbing the area around the skin cancer, the Mohs surgeon removes all visible portions of the skin cancer and a thin margin of normal-appearing skin. A medical assistant places a temporary bandage over the wound and takes the patient to a waiting area. While the patient waits, the Mohs surgeon examines the entire edge of the removed skin under the microscope in an on-site laboratory. If microscopic examination shows that the cancer has been completely removed, the wound is ready to be repaired. But if microscopic examination identifies extensions of the cancer that are not visible at the surface of the patient’s skin, the Mohs surgeon needs to remove those precise areas where the cancer still remains.