Mohs Micrographic Surgery
The most effective technique for treating common skin cancers.
Mohs micrographic surgery, also known as Mohs surgery, is the gold standard for the treatment of the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
- Cure rate of up to 99% for skin cancer that has not be treated before.
- Cure rate of up to 94% for a skin cancer that has recurred after previous treatment.
Advantages of Mohs surgery
- High cure rate
- Examines 100% of tumor margins
- Spares healthy tissue
- Precise and results in the smallest scar possible
- Nearly painless
- Single outpatient procedure with on-site lab work and local anesthesia
What makes Mohs surgery different?
This procedure is done in stages all in one visit. During Mohs surgery, you’re given a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. The cancer is removed from the skin one layer at a time. Each layer is checked under a microscope for cancer. If cancer cells are seen, another layer of skin is removed. Layers are removed until the surgeon doesn’t see any more cancer. The process may take several hours depending on how many layers need to be removed. After this surgery, the cancer is fully removed, and the wound can be repaired.
Mohs surgery may be a good option if:
- The exact depth and shape of the tumor is unknown.
- The tumor is very large.
- The tumor is located in a hard-to-treat place.
- The skin cancer has come back.
- The skin cancer is on the face.