Dr. Frederic Mohs invented Mohs micrographic surgery in the 1930s. During this highly effective procedure, cancerous skin layers are removed and examined under a microscope. The surgery continues until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached. At Charles County Dermatology Associates, special surgeons complete these procedures.
Mohs surgery is most often used to treat basal cell and squamous cell cancer -- the two most common types of skin cancer. This procedure is also helpful for skin cancers near critically functional or cosmetically vital areas including your:
Skin cancers with undefined borders or those located in areas where scar tissue is already present are often removed during Mohs surgery. The Mohs procedure also eradicates skin cancers that reappear after removal with another form of treatment. Skin cancers that are 1 inch or larger, except for those located on your face, are removed successfully with Mohs surgery.
Before Mohs surgery begins, you receive a skin-numbing injection of anesthetic. The surgical procedure involves:
Because Mohs surgery completely removes skin cancer, you don’t have to worry about the possibility of it growing back. This popular procedure also minimizes the amount of healthy tissue lost. Therefore, the functional and cosmetic outcome of the surgery is maximized. In most cases, the removal of the cancer and repair of the cancer site take place on the same day. Mohs surgery can effectively cure skin cancers that haven’t responded well to other forms of treatment.
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