Mohs Micrographic Surgery. A surgical method I perform in the office to remove skin cancer. Offering: The highest possible chance of cure Maximum preservation of normal tissue. Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Is named after Dr. Frederick Mohs.
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A surgical method I perform in the office to remove skin cancer.
Many skin cancers have invisible roots that extend into the normal appearing surrounding skin.
If your doctor could tell how big the skin cancer was by looking at it, you wouldn’t need Mohs surgery.
Mohs surgery is a technique that allows those roots to be followed.
Is used for the treatment of:
A thin layer of tissue (about 2-3mm thick) is then surgically removed from around and under the area.
Green, black, blue and red dyes are added so that later, under the microscope, the doctor can tell top from bottom, left from right.
A diagram is drawn showing the color codes.
The tissue is:
The doctor then looks at the slides and marks the location of any remaining cancer in red pencil on his diagram.
You return to the surgery room and instead of removing more tissue all the way around and under the wound, I remove more just from the place or places that are still positive.
You are bandaged and wait again
The process can go all day long–––which would be unusual.
You can finish before lunchtime–––which would be more likely
It all depends on the cancer and how far it extends into the normal appearing tissue.
The final size, shape and depth of the hole is determined by the roots of the cancer.