In the 1930s, Dr. Frederick Mohs developed a special surgical technique for removing the most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas with a 99% cure rate. A huge benefit to Mohs is that surrounding healthy tissue is preserved. During Mohs Micrographic Surgery, layers of skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains.
Doctors who specialize in Mohs have been trained in dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and dermatopathology.
Mohs is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic. In most cases, the procedure lasts several hours but could take all day depending on the depth of the skin cancer. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the visible skin cancer. The area is bandaged and the patient rests while the tissue is examined under a microscope. This process is repeated until all margins are cancer-free. Once the skin cancer has been completely removed, the wound is closed. In some cases, skin flaps or grafts are needed to close the wound. Most patients are able to resume light activities the day after the surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least a week after surgery.
For questions regarding Mohs surgery, please call Premier and request to speak to a nurse. We want you to feel prepared and confident for your surgery day.