Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique used in the removal of certain types of skin cancer.
Mohs surgery is different from other skin cancer treatments, as it allows the entire examination and removal of the cancerous tissue to be completed in one visit. As a result of this expedient process, as well as the methodical removal and examination of the tissue, Mohs surgery as a treatment for skin cancer has been recognized as having the highest reported cure rate.
Mohs surgery is a controlled, precise process. Prior to entering surgery, it’s impossible to know the amount of skin that will have to be removed, as some cancers can extend “roots” further under the skin than may be seen from the surface. It’s for this reason that the precise method of Mohs surgery of tracking and removing these “roots” is the preferred method. With Mohs, only the cancerous tissue is removed, while the normal tissue is preserved.
Mohs surgery as a treatment for skin cancer has been recognized as having the highest reported cure rate.
Mohs surgery and resulting reconstruction is completed in our office under local anesthetic. The procedure can take between two hours and four hours, depending on the number of cancers removed, the size of tumor, and how many layers are removed from each spot. Rarely, the surgery can take an entire day.
To prepare for surgery, take your medications as normal and have a light breakfast/lunch before coming to the appointment (unless you are specifically told to fast). Since these surgeries can take a while and a lot of the time involves waiting, it may be a good idea to bring a book or magazine. We will have coffee, drinks, and snacks available as well.
Mohs surgery and resulting reconstruction are generally covered by insurance, but it’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to confirm your surgical coverage. We will also obtain prior-authorizations, or referrals for you prior to your visit, but individual reimbursement benefits are specific to your individual plan.
We offer Mohs surgery in the following offices: