This specialized technique is used to remove cancerous tissues while leaving healthy tissue surrounding the cancer intact. It is considered the most effective procedure for treating skin cancer, offering the highest potential for recovery (it has a success rate approaching 99%).
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of Mohs surgery?
The technique offers the highest possible cure rate for the treatment of skin cancer, compared to other therapeutic modalities. Mohs surgery also allows the physician to remove as little normal tissue as possible around the tumor, and thus in many cases can provide a superior cosmetic result. Another advantage is that with many large skin cancers, hospitalization can be avoided by performing Mohs surgery on an out-patient basis.
What happen post surgery?
There will be a wound following the completion of the Mohs surgery. There are several options to allow for healing. These options include allowing the wound to heal by itself, suturing through primary closure, skin grafting, and skin flaps. We sometimes choose to use lasers to help the healing process at the time of the procedure and also during the healing phase. In almost all cases, we perform the repair of the wound on-site immediately following Mohs surgery. However, it is always your option to select another surgeon for the reconstruction of the postoperative wound.
What Are The Odds That My Skin Cancer Will Return After Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate of any treatment method. If your skin cancer has never been treated before, then the chance of recurrence is less than 1%. If your lesion has been treated before, then there a 4% or less chance of recurrence.
How long should I plan to spend in the doctor's office?
The length of time depends largely on the size of your skin cancer and the number of stages that are required. You can expect to stay at least two to four hours, however, some patients may need to stay longer. Remember that the primary goal of the procedure is to achieve 100% removal of all cancerous cells. The removal of the cancer will be completed during your office visit.
Will I Have Office Visits After Surgery?
Yes. It will be necessary to see you routinely after the surgery for several months. The frequency of these return visits will depend upon the size and location of your skin cancer. After the short-term follow-up visits are completed, the long-term follow-up will be performed by your referring physician.
What Are The Alternatives To Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is the treatment of choice for recurrent skin cancers, skin cancers that arise in skin that had previous x-ray treatment, and skin cancers near vital organs such as the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. For uncomplicated skin cancers, alternative treatments might include routine surgical excision, x-ray treatments or destruction of the tumor by burning or freezing. However, the cure rate of these treatments is lower than what is typically seen with Mohs surgery.