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Mohs Surgery

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What Is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a precise, state-of-the-art method for removing skin cancers. With this technique, the tumor is removed with small margins to try and preserve normal tissue and then it is meticulously mapped to assure proper orientation. Frozen section processing and immediate pathologic evaluation is done by the surgeon to assess tumor clearance. If there are positive margins, more stages are taken until the margins are clear and the skin cancer is successfully removed.

 

Immediate on-site microscopic examination of the tumor allows the physician to see beyond what is visible to the eye thus identifying and removing the diseased tissues, conserving uninvolved tissue. 

 

Generally, the reconstruction/repair of the area is done on the same day as the Mohs removal. This surgery is always done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic.  The healing process is similiar to that of most surgical procedures. 

 

Dr. Fix has extensive training and experience in reconstructive surgery. 

 

Mohs Micrographic Surgery has the highest cure rate (up to 99% for basal and squamous cell carcinomas) of any treatment option for skin cancer with the important benefit of preserving healthy tissue, thereby minimizing scarring. 

 

When Is Mohs Surgery Appropriate?

Mohs surgery has become the treatment of choice for certain basal and squamous cell carcinomas. However, Mohs surgery is generally reserved for tumors of the head, neck, hands, feet and genitalia, where preserving unaffected tissue is a high priority.

 

There are other situations where Mohs surgery is used, such as:

  • Large tumors

  • Recurrent tumors

  • High risk for local recurrence 

  • Ill-defined tumors

  • Rapidly growing tumors

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