Mohs Micrographic Surgery Successfully Treats Skin Cancer
For many people who have been diagnosed with skin cancer, a widely successful treatment developed by renowned general surgeon Frederick Mohs, MD can offer the greatest likelihood of a total cure.
Known as Mohs Micrographic Surgery, this exacting method can fully treat cancers that could not be cured previously through other approaches.
The Mohs Procedure
An important distinguishing feature of the Mohs procedure, as compared to other treatments, is that dermatologic surgeons are specially trained to examine the patient’s skin tissue layer by layer with a microscope. This process allows the Mohs surgeon to methodically and precisely remove all of the margins surrounding the tumor without sacrificing healthy tissue.
Because of its high success rate, Mohs surgery patients generally do not need to have additional surgeries, thereby lifting the psychological, physical and financial burdens that come with recurring cancer treatments. Furthermore, due to the fact that Mohs surgery minimizes the amount of unnecessarily lost skin tissue, the procedure is aesthetically superior to other methods.
In most cases, Mohs surgery is an outpatient, same-day procedure. Patients typically heal within four weeks and may need to limit certain activities to ensure a smooth recovery.
What is Mohs Surgery and How is it Performed?
Mohs surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. The area of the body is numbed with a local anesthetic, and then the cancer is removed layer by layer. The dermatologist will examine each specimen on a slide to ensure that all the cancer has been removed and that no extra healthy skin is removed. This leaves the least amount of scarring, while removing all of the skin cancer in one appointment. This procedure is complex and time-consuming, but provides better results than any other surgical procedure for skin cancer.
After the surgery is completed, patients may then undergo reconstructive surgery, depending on the size of the skin cancer removed from the skin. If the area undergoing treatment is especially small, stitches will be used to close up the surgical area and the spot should heal well on its own. Before your procedure, your provider will discuss with you the possibilities of reconstructive surgery, as well as how to care for the surgical area after the procedure has been done. Your dermatologist may also recommend regular annual checks to ensure that the skin cancer does not come back or redevelop in another area of the body.
The providers of Derick Dermatology offer skin cancer surgery in order to help patients move on with their lives after diagnosis. The success rate of Mohs surgery is exceptionally high, making it the procedure of choice for skin cancer patients when indicated. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and are interested in having a board-certified dermatologist handle your Mohs surgery, call Derick Dermatology today for a consultation appointment and examination. Contact Derick Dermatology for a consultation to learn more about Mohs Micrographic Surgery.