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Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is a specialized technique for removing skin cancer.

Named for its originator, Dr. Frederic Mohs, Mohs surgery is the treatment of choice for many skin cancers of the head and neck, or those cancers that have recurred after a previous treatment.

Mohs surgery offers the following advantages: 

  • Highest cure rate -- Because all surgical margins are examined microscopically in the office, this procedure has the highest cure rate of all skin cancer treatments. 
  • Best cosmetic result -- Because there is no need to take a margin of healthy skin in Mohs surgery, the size of the wound left after tumor removal is minimized. Keeping the defect small optimizes the surgical repair, and produces a superior cosmetic result.

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About Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is a specialized technique for removing skin cancer.

Preparation for Surgery

Be well rested and eat a good meal prior to your appointment. Take your usual medications, unless directed otherwise.

Day of Surgery

Appointments for surgery are scheduled throughout the morning and early afternoon. 

Reconstruction

After the skin cancer has been completely removed, and the final defect size is known, a decision is made on the best method for treating the wound created by the surgery. 

After Surgery

Rest assured you will be fully instructed on wound care after your surgery.  Detailed written instructions will be provided.

Risks of Surgery

Although no surgery is without risks, Mohs surgery has a proven track record as a lower risk procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does "Mohs" stand for? Dr. Frederic Mohs developed this technique about 60 years ago. The procedure has been modified and refined over the years.

American College of Mohs Surgery

It is important that your surgeon is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).

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