MOHS surgery is a state-of-the-art procedure for the removal of skin cancer.It offers the highest potential for recovery – even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method and recurred. Our two fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons have performed thousands of operations in the last decade.
Mohs surgery has been recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate due to the methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined. Typically, Mohs surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in the physician’s office. Although the patient is awake during the entire procedure, discomfort is usually minimal and no greater than it would be for more routine skin cancer surgeries.
Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue, so that all “roots” and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated.
The final surgical defect could be only slightly larger than the initial visible or surface skin cancer, but occasionally the removal of the deep extensions of a skin cancer results in a sizeable defect. Mohs surgery removes only the cancerous tissue, while the normal tissue is spared. This is particularly impactful for areas of the body in which maximum preservation of healthy tissue is critical for cosmetic or functional purposes.