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Your doctor has referred you to our Skin Cancer Center because the type of cancer you have requires a specialized surgical technique, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, to ensure the highest possible cure rate. Please explore the Skin Cancer Center to learn more about the types of skin cancer, treatment options and prevention tips.

Mohs Surgery

About “Mohs Surgery”

Advanced, Precise, Effective. This is a specialized treatment for certain skin cancers that require a specialist for their treatment. This is the most precise surgical method for skin cancer removal, with the highest cure rates for skin cancer. With this method, the surgeon excises the skin cancer and checks the tissue with a microscope while you wait. Further surgery can be peformed immediately, and repair of the surgical wound is usually completed the same day.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery was developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD over 50 years ago, and it continues to be the most advanced and effective treatment procedure available for skin cancer. The goal of the procedure is to remove the skin cancer completely while minimizing the removal of uninvolved healthy tissue. It is performed under local anesthesia on an out-patient basis.

For decades, Mohs micrographic surgery has proven effective in removing skin cancer by combining the surgical removal of cancer with the immediate microscopic examination of the tumor and underlying diseased tissue. This process allows the surgeon to see beyond the visible disease and precisely identify and remove the entire tumor. Mohs surgery traces the path of the tumor cells using two key tools: a precise map of the surgical site and a microscope.

Mohs surgery is performed by a specially trained dermatologist (who serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon) and who has completed a one to two year certified surgical fellowship.

Our doctors have completed rigorous Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery fellowships and are Fellows of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).