Also called Mohs micrographic surgery
What is MOHS?
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Used to treat skin cancer, this surgery has a unique benefit. During surgery, the surgeon can see where the cancer stops. This isn’t possible with other types of treatment for skin cancer.
The ability to see where the cancer stops gives Mohs (pronounced Moes) two important advantages:
Mohs has a high cure rate.
Mohs allows you to keep as much healthy skin as possible because the surgeon only removes the skin with cancer cells. This is especially important when skin cancer develops in an area with little tissue beneath (e.g., eyelid, ear, or hand).
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Mohs surgery, developed in 1938 by a general surgeon, Frederic E. Mohs, is microscopically controlled surgery used to treat common types of skin cancer. During the surgery, after each removal of tissue and while the patient waits, the tissue is examined for cancer cells.
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The best preparation for Mohs Surgery is a good night's sleep. The morning of your surgery, follow your normal routine. Bathe or shower, eat breakfast and take any prescription medications. If you need to take any additional medications during the day, please bring them with you.
Since you may be at our surgical facility for a large portion of the day, remember to bring a book, your laptop computer, or other reading materials with you. Also pack a light lunch, or bring a handful of snacks.
Our goal is to remove the cancer in the first layer or stage; however, more often than not, our surgeon may need to remove sequential layers of tissue. In doing so, we try not to remove any more normal skin than necessary. At the end of your Mohs Surgery, you will be left with a surgical wound. Once we are sure that you are free of skin cancer, we will discuss our recommendations for repairing the surgical wound with you.
With any surgical procedure, there is a chance of complications. Although every effort will be made to offer the best possible cosmetic result, you will be left with a scar. Proper wound care at home will help the healing process and minimize scarring. If necessary, reconstructive surgery following removal of your skin cancer can result in a more pleasing cosmetic outcome.