What is Mohs surgery?

Also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, this treatment developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs is a highly specialised and precise outpatient treatment for skin cancer in which the cancer is removed in stages, one tissue layer at a time. Once a tissue layer is removed, it is then examined by a Mohs technician and doctor under a microscope so that the origin of the cancer can be identified and mapped.

If cancer cells are detected, an additional tissue layer is removed only in areas where the cancer is still present, leaving normal skin intact. Once the cancer has been removed, the Mohs surgeon will explain options for repair of the wound, including natural healing (granulation), suturing the wound together by way of a usual side to side closure, or using a skin flap or graft and reconstruction.

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