Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced surgical technique designed specifically for the removal of skin cancers. Named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, the inventor of the technique, this procedure is based on the principle of using a microscope to trace skin cancer roots so that the cancer may be completely removed. This technique has the highest cure rate for the most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The entire tumor is removed with the smallest possible defect, potentially resulting in less scarring at the site. At Houston Skin, our priority is to deliver quality care, information, and treatment for Mohs surgery in a convenient, welcoming environment.

What to Expect During the Mohs Procedure

During Mohs micrographic surgery, the Mohs surgeon removes a piece of tissue just around the visible tumor on the skin surface. This tissue is examined with a microscope to identify any cancerous roots that extend beyond the visible boundaries of the tumor. If any remaining cancerous cells are identified by microscope, the Mohs surgeon will then return to the remaining tumor cells and remove another layer of tissue.

This tissue will then be examined for any additional cancer cells. This process continues until no further cancerous cells are identified. By taking the tissue in layers and examining each with the microscope, this technique ensures that all the cancerous tissue is removed and prevents the unnecessary removal of healthy tissue.

Once the tumor has been removed, reconstructive surgery typically will be performed to repair the resulting defect. Reconstructive surgery typically will require the placement of sutures to achieve the optimal cosmetic appearance.

 

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