How long does a Mohs treatment take?

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.

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