Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a specialized, highly effective outpatient procedure for the removal of skin cancer.
Mohs Surgery is generally for patients with:
- Cancer that has spread deep and wide with little root-like projections
- Recurrent cancer
- Large and/or aggressive tumors
- Tumors that are growing in high-risk areas such as the nose, eyes, mouth, ears and surrounding tissue
Performed under local anesthesia, Mohs Surgery removes one layer of the tumor and examines it at a time to determine if all of the cancer is gone. If cancer cells remain, the physician removes another layer. The patient is awake during the entire procedure and discomfort is minimal once the area has been anesthetized.
Advantages of Mohs Surgery:
- Mohs leaves the greatest amount of healthy tissue possible while removing all of the cancerous tissue.
- Mohs has the highest reported cure rate - when performed properly, Mohs can have cure rates often approaching 100%.
- The procedure is very precise and can remove all of the cancer including parts of the tumor that cannot be seen with the naked eye.