The surgery consists of removing a disc or “layer” of tissue that gets processed into microscope slides in the Mohs laboratory in real time for the surgeon to examine. These slides are precisely mapped, marking any residual tumor found by the surgeon. This process is repeated until no residual tumor is identified. The advantages of this process include the highest cure rates for most skin cancers, as well as the smallest amount of normal tissue damage.
Mohs surgery is recommended for skin cancers that are located on cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the head, face, neck, hands, feet and genitalia and for skin cancers that have been previously treated and come back. Mohs surgery can also be used in other situations, and these can be discussed with your Mohs surgeon. To learn whether Mohs surgery is an appropriate treatment for your skin cancer, please get in touch with us today.