Millions of people In the United States are given the diagnosis of skin cancer each year. Although skin cancer has become exceedingly common, many of these cancers are treatable and a complete cure is possible in most cases. Nonetheless, being diagnosed with skin cancer can be a frightening experience. Mohs Micrographic surgery, available at The Dermatology Group, is a surgical treatment option for some patients diagnosed with skin cancer.
Mohs surgery has an outstanding success rate. In fact, patients who undergo Mohs micrographic surgery have the highest potential for being cured. It's also a relatively safe procedure designed to minimize risks associated with surgery. To gain the most benefit from having this treatment performed, it's only natural that you'd want to have a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has completed extensive specialized training, and that's precisely what you get at The Dermatology Group. Our Mohs surgeons, Dr. Demetrius, Dr. Ogburia and Dr. Ahmed have completed yearlong fellowship training approved by the American College of Mohs Surgery
What is Mohs Surgery?
This procedure was first developed in the 1930s and has become increasingly advanced with each passing decade. During Mohs surgery, a skilled surgeon utilizes precise skin cancer removal techniques to leave the surrounding healthy tissue as intact as possible. The process involves removing tissue layer by layer. Each layer is examined microscopically from all angles. This ensures that the Mohs surgeon is able to remove the tumor completely while sparing the normal surrounding tissue. The result is complete removal of the tumor and while minimizing the extent of scarring.
Why Choose Mohs Surgery?
There are many advantages to choosing Mohs surgery over other treatment options. Mohs surgery may be able to completely cure skin cancer, even in cases where the skin cancer is recurrent, where other treatment methods have failed. This procedure enables the Mohs surgeon to remove the totality of the skin cancer with close to 100% accuracy, which is a distinct improvement over other traditional surgical methods. Mohs surgery is used to treat a number of different skin cancers. It is most often utilized for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, although Mohs surgery is indicated in several other less common skin cancers.
The Mohs Surgery Procedure
The procedure is performed in The Dermatology Group office. It is an outpatient procedure. A complete team of highly trained, compassionate medical personnel will be on hand throughout the process, helping the patient to feel at ease, comfortable and informed during the patient's visit.
After the affected area is numbed with local anesthesia, the Mohs surgeon removes a layer of tissue, carefully delineating a narrow margin. The removed tissue is then prepared for microscopic examination while the patient awaits the results. Your Mohs surgeon, who has received a great deal of specialized training, examines the removed tissue microscopically, looking for clear margins on all sides of the tissue. Mohs surgeons refer to the process of removing a layer of tissue and performing an examination as a "stage" of the surgery.
When the tumor has been completely removed, the Mohs surgeon will choose the best skin repair option for the patient.
Am I a Candidate for Mohs Surgery?
Consultations with one of The Dermatology Group's highly qualified Mohs surgeons can be easily arranged to see if you are a good candidate for this advanced procedure. Mohs surgery is usually an excellent treatment option, but each patient is unique. The Dermatology Group's physicians will work closely with you to ensure that you fully understand your skin cancer diagnosis and the available treatment options. With compassion, attentiveness and skill, The Dermatology Group can successfully treat many forms of skin cancer.
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