What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

If you are interested in an effective skin cancer treatment, Mohs Micrographic surgery is the most successful. It is a highly specialized, proven technique that has a very high cure rate, but what exactly is Mohs Micrographic surgery.

What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery (Mohs Surgery)?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a surgical procedure commonly used for treating skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). It is a complex technique that was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930’s, and has since undergone several improvements.

Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. It is a time-consuming procedure that can take several hours to complete. However, it has a very high success rate.

Mohs surgery involves eliminating the skin cancer by removing a thin layer of tissue at a time. The tissue that is taken is carefully examined under a microscope, and if any cancer cells are seen, another layer of tissue is taken from the affected area. This process is continued until all the cancer is removed. The wound is then repaired with incisions or a skin graft.

Since Mohs surgery is such a very precise treatment, it leaves much of the healthy skin intact.

Mohs surgery is a specialized treatment that must be performed by a surgeon that has received formal training in the technique, and is also a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Would you like to find out if Mohs surgery is a suitable treatment for your skin cancer? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Memphis and Germantown, TN, Levy Dermatology with offices in Memphis and Collierville, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.levydermatology.com, or by calling901-624-3333.


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