How is Mohs surgery performed to treat and remove skin cancer?

Since being invented by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930’s, Mohs surgery has evolved into a highly effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer. But how is Mohs surgery performed to treat and remove skin cancer.

What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery (Mohs micrographic surgery) is a specialized surgical procedure for the treatment of skin cancer. It produces remarkableresults when used to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, as it has a success rate of 97-99% when treating these cancers.The decision to go with Mohs surgery for cancer treatment will depend on the size, type, and location of the cancer.

How is Mohs surgery performed?
Mohs surgery is done under local anesthesia, and can be performed in a physician’s office.

The area is first numbed, and then the surgeon will excise a thin layer of skin along with the tumor. The tissue sample is examined under a microscope to determine if there are any cancer cells present. If cancer cells are detected, another tissue layer is removed, and this process continues until the samples are free of any cancer cells.

Mohs surgery can be lengthy, but it is extremely beneficial because it saves a lot of the healthy skin in the vicinity of the tumor. This is often very critical if the cancer is located in sensitive areas such as near the eyes, or on the hand.

When surgery is complete the surgical wound is closed with sutures, or with a skin graft or skin flap.

Mohs surgery is performed by dermatologists that have received the requisite training.

Clients in Memphis, TN, in can contact board certified dermatologist Dr. Alan Levy of Levy Dermatology, to learn more about the procedure.

Call 901-624-3333 today to schedule a consultation.

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