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What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederick Mohs. Since then, it has become the gold standard in treating certain forms of skin cancer due to its high success rate, its faster recovery rate compared to conventional surgery (local excision) and its reduced skin cancer recurrence rate.

In a Mohs procedure, the surgeon uses precise techniques to examine skin layers and remove only those that appear cancerous. This spares healthy tissue while removing more cancer than was possible before Mohs.

Another key advantage of Mohs surgery is that it can be performed under a local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. This reduces costs and increases patient convenience.

Who is a candidate for Mohs surgery?

Generally, patients who have been diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are candidates for Mohs surgery. Melanoma patients may also be candidates for Mohs surgery, depending upon the outcome of a consultation with your dermatologist.

What are the outcomes (results) for Mohs surgery?

According to statistics reported by the American College of Mohs Surgery, “Mohs micrographic surgery has the highest cure rate of all treatments for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers” with a cure rate exceeding “…99 percent for new skin cancers and 95 percent for recurrent skin cancers.”

For more information on Mohs surgery, or to make an appointment, call Forefront Dermatology at (855) 535-7175. For the location near you, click here.