What You Need to Know About Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

March 21, 2020

Cancer. The word strikes fear in the hearts of patients daily. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or if you fear a diagnosis of cancer, it doesn’t have to be a scary process. Most cases of skin cancer can be remedied by removing the cancerous part of the skin, and it rarely progresses to the rest of the body. 

The procedure that is used to treat skin cancer of this type is called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery can completely remove the cancerous cells so that you can regain your health. Mohs surgery is done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is a trained Mohs surgeon. After Mohs, you may want to undergo plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of scarring.

The Mohs procedure is a fairly straightforward one. The surgeon or dermatologist removes the cancerous parts of the skin bit by bit. First, the visible cancerous tissues are removed. After that, the doctor will continue removing tissue around the initial area, with each small amount of tissue tested immediately for the presence of cancer. The doctor will continue removing and testing tissue until clean margins are obtained.

Mohs can be done with a local anesthetic or with general anesthetic, depending on the location of the skin cancer and the size of the treatment area. After the procedure, you will be given strict instructions for wound care so that the area can heal appropriately. 

If you have symptoms of skin cancer such as dark spots or abnormal moles that have recently appeared, you should call us today for an appointment to screen you for skin cancer. If found, we can help you get the Mohs procedure scheduled so that you can be cancer free. Many of our providers are Mohs trained and can perform surgery at seven of our nine locations that have Mohs labs on premise.

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