What is Mohs surgery and why is it considered the best technique?
Mohs surgery is the most advanced technique in removing and treating skin cancer. This surgery is performed by removing thin layers of cancerous skin progressively and examining each layer until only cancer-free skin tissue is left.
We aim to remove as much of the cancer tissues as possible without damaging the remaining healthy tissue. Mohs Surgery allows us to verify that all cancer cells have been removed, increasing the outcome of a cure while reducing the need for another surgery or treatment.
In the past, this type of skin removal surgery was performed by a doctor creating an excision of the cancer tissues, and at the same time removing the surrounding healthy skin. Now with Mohs surgery, there is much less damaging to the surrounding healthy skin, and there are better results.
Mohs surgery is an excellent treatment for skin cancers that have a risk of recurrence, are in more sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose, ears and genitals, or for more aggressive forms of skin cancers, melanomas and carcinomas.
One of the benefits of Mohs surgery is that you most likely won't leave your appointment until all the skin cancer is removed. You will know your results right away, as the doctor will be checking every layer of tissue as they're removed. This is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you will be able to head home the same day knowing that all cancerous cells have been removed.