Mohs surgery is the most effective technique for treating skin cancer. Being able to perform this surgery requires extensive training. The procedure has the highest cure rate of any option for the treatment of skin cancer.
How Does the Procedure Work?
When you undergo Mohs surgery, you will remain awake and alert and the entire procedure will take place at our office. Your Mohs surgeon will first do a thorough exam of the area of the biopsy-proven skin cancer and mark out the cancer that they an appreciate clinically. The site will be numbed to ensure comfort during the skin cancer removal surgery.
Your doctor will then start by cutting out the visible skin cancer. You will then be bandaged and wait while your doctor examines the tissue in our in-house Mohs lab. Our specialized Mohs technicians use our state-of-the-art lab to process your tissue while you wait in our comfortable waiting room (coffee, water, and snacks are available). After the tissue is processed, our Mohs surgeon looks under the microscope at the edges of the specimen to determine if all of the cancer has been removed. If the cancer is all out, they will discuss the options for closure of the wound. If more cancer is present under the microscope, the Mohs surgeon will remove more tissue for the Mohs technician to process. This is repeated as necessary to ensure 100% removal of the skin cancer.
What to Expect After Your Mohs Surgery
The recovery time for Mohs largely depends on how big the skin cancer was and where on the body it was located. If the spread of cancer has been minimal, the wound may be left to heal on its own in a short time. If stitches or a skin graft is necessary, then some at-home care will be necessary for several weeks until the wound is fully healed. Please refer to your instructions after surgery for specific guidelines and call our office if you have any questions.