Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly advanced and effective treatment for skin cancer. It involves removing each layer of the tumor so that all cancerous cells can be eliminated. Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate of all treatments for skin cancer, even if other forms of treatment have previously failed. Additionally, due to the precise method of Mohs surgery, the potential for disfigurement or scarring is greatly reduced. The Mohs procedure is performed by specially trained surgeons who have completed at least one additional year of fellowship training in addition to their three-year dermatology residency.
Effectiveness of Surgery
Because the Mohs micrographic surgery process traces skin cancer down to its roots, it offers the highest chance for complete removal of the tumor. Studies have shown that the Mohs surgery provides five-year cure rates exceeding 99 percent for new cancers and 95 percent for recurrent cancers. (Source: American College of Mohs Surgery)
Cancers we Treat with Mohs Surgery
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The Mohs surgery is used primarily to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas, but can be used to treat less common types of skin cancer as well. The Mohs procedure is used for:
- Cancer that is in an area of the body where it is desirable to keep as much healthy tissue as possible for cosmetic reasons
- Cancer that was previously treated and recurred
- Cancer that is large or growing quickly
- Areas where scar tissues exists in the vicinity of the cancer
The Mohs Procedure and Post-operative care
Mohs surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed in our clinic located at the University Physicians Medical Building. We ask that you wear comfortable clothing and bring something to read or occupy your time during the surgery. Local anesthesia is used around the area of the tumor so the patient is awake during the entire procedure, which in some cases can take an entire day.
Read more about what to do before and after your surgery: