What Is Mohs Surgery?
This procedure was developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD., in the 1930s. Then, during the 1970s, Perry Robins, MD. further studied, modified, and refined Mohs’ technique. Robins molded the procedure into what is now known as Mohs micrographic surgery.
This revolutionary surgery treats skin cancer by gradually removing thin layers of skin from a cancer site until the patient is cancer-free. With in-office, same-day testing, Mohs surgery can quickly give patients peace of mind and minimal scarring compared to other types of treatment.
Main Benefits of Mohs Surgery
Very Precise Procedure
Mohs surgery is a state-of-the-art skin cancer treatment in which the doctor serves as the surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon. It takes advantage of the microscope’s ability to accurately trace malignant cells, allowing surgeons to remove skin cancer down to its roots. Those trained in Mohs surgery will be able to precisely identify and remove the skin cancer while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
Because of the procedure’s precise technique, Mohs surgery will only require a small incision. This leaves less scarring while also reducing the amount of reconstructive surgery needed. The surgery will remove a minimal amount of skin – only taking what is needed to remove the skin cancer.
Fast and Efficient
Because the surgeon is also able to take the role of pathologist, the entire procedure can be completed in just one day – as opposed to traditional surgeries where patients wait for several days before getting a pathology report. It is impossible to predict the exact timeframe of a Mohs surgery procedure, but it usually lasts for several hours.
Apart from the use of anesthetics to numb the area, patients will experience very little pain after the procedure, which is easily relieved by over-the-counter pain medications.
High Success Rate
Cure rates for BCC and SCC are up to 99% with Mohs surgery compared to standard excision or any other accepted method in skin cancer removal.
Learn More About Mohs Surgery!
The highly trained team of board-certified dermatologists at Millburn Laser Center in New Jersey are qualified to perform Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer. To schedule a consultation, contact us at (973) 376-8500 today.
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