Skin cancer surgery can be demoralizing, especially if the area affected is highly visible, such as on the face or hands. Dr. Frederic E. Mohs developed Mohs surgery in the 1950s to check fresh tissue samples on the spot without freezing them and sending them off to a lab for inspection.
With a success rate of up to 99%, Mohs surgery is the most effective procedure for skin cancer and is considered the gold standard treatment. There are several reasons for the success and popularity of the Mohs method:
Instead of taking tissue samples during skin cancer surgery, freezing them, sending the patient home, and then recalling them if cancer cells are found at the margins of the surgical site, Mohs surgery includes an examination of each slide of fresh tissue. This is done while the patient waits, so further layers can be taken to catch all of the margins.
As each layer of skin tissue is examined, there’s the chance to check 100% of the margins of the site. Traditional surgery only examines 1% of margins. Checking all margins means the chances of removing all cancerous cells in one surgery are much higher.
Since Mohs surgery targets only tissue with cancer cells, there’s less removal of healthy tissue. Restructuring the surgical site is much easier, minimizing scarring. This can be especially important for surgery in visible or sensitive areas, like the face, hands, or genitals.
In preparation for Mohs surgery, our doctors want you to know a few key steps you can take to make things go smoothly and ensure an easy recovery.
Do you need Mohs surgery? Our experienced, compassionate team is happy to answer any questions. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Julian at Leading Edge Dermatology today. You can get in touch by calling our Plantation, Florida office at 954-371-2208 or book your appointment online for maximum convenience.