What is Mohs Surgery?
Named after the surgeon who pioneered the procedure in the 1930's, Mohs Surgery is a specialized procedure used to treat skin cancers by removing the cancer layer by layer, until all cancerous layers are gone.
The purpose of Mohs Surgery is to remove the least amount of tissue with the highest possible cure rate. It is performed in an outpatient clinic under local anesthesia.
Why Mohs Surgery?
Many skin cancers are often described as having “roots” that extend beyond the apparent borders of the tumor.
By using the Mohs Surgery technique, the borders or margins of the tumor are checked to remove these “roots”. This allows for a higher cure rate than other techniques.
Mohs Surgery has a cure rate that approaches 99% for primary (never treated) basal cell carcinomas and 95% for recurrent tumors.
Is Mohs Surgery Right For you?
Mohs Surgery has the highest cure rate of all therapies.
In the video below, watch Dr. Posten and his patients talk about why Mohs Surgery was right for them, and their experience at Advanced Dermasurgery Associates. This is a question to be answered by your doctor or dermatologist after an examination of the area in question.
Mohs Surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma – and in some cases, other conditions.
If you notice an irregular mole or freckle, you may have skin cancer. It is important that you visit a dermatologist every year so that he or she is familiar with your skin and can easily identify any abnormalities that may be developing.
If you are concerned about an irregular dark spot on your skin, you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist immediately – especially since many dermatologists tend to have busy schedules and may need to schedule your visit a few weeks out.
If you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are facing many decisions that can be overwhelming and hard. We have your best care in mind and want to talk through all of your options.
To find out if Mohs Surgery is right for you, make your appointment today with one of our four leading Mohs Surgeons at Advanced Dermasurgery Associates