- Cosmetic Surgery
- Minor Ops
Your doctor will advise you that this procedure will take around half a day as it involves removing the entire cancer in one appointment, removing tissue, analysing it until all the cancer has been removed and reconstruction of the area following removal of the cancer which can take up to one or two hours depending on the size and complexity of the area.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and involves four basic steps:
1. Surgical removal of tissue
2. Mapping the piece of tissue and then freezing and cutting it
3. Interpretation of tissue under the microscope slides
4. Reconstruction of the area from where the tissue has been removed.
As the surgery is a combination of several specialised stages, it requires the skills and expertise of a team of qualified professionals — a dermatologist, nursing staff, histotechnicians and sometime plastic or oculoplastic surgeons.
Mohs surgery, also known as chemosurgery, was created in 1938 by the American physician and general surgeon Dr Frederic E Mohs. The procedure is a microscopically-controlled surgery designed to treat common types of skin cancer. Mohs surgery allows for the removal of skin cancer with a very narrow surgical margin, which means there are very few tumour-free cells surrounding the cancer removed along with the affected cells.Go to Treatment