What is Mohs Surgery?
The goal of Mohs surgery is to completely remove cancer from your skin. This type of surgery is usually performed for the non-melanoma skin cancers Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, but can also work on a variety of skin tumors. It allows our Mohs surgeon to remove the skin cancer, while also preserving the surrounding tissue. Dr. Suzanne Mosher, an experienced and excellent Mohs surgeon, has been performing this important procedure in our office for 5 years with superb results.
How Mohs Surgery is Performed
The Mohs procedure is performed in a number of stages in one visit. Under local anesthesia, a layer of tissue is removed from the patient, which is examined in our on-premise lab to check if any cancer cells remain.
If there are remaining cancer cells at any border of the tissue, the surgeon will remove another layer of tissue from that location, minimizing damage to any surrounding healthy tissue. The process is repeated until there are no more cancer cells remaining.
Mohs surgery is beneficial for a number of reasons. First, and most importantly, it removes skin cancer from your body with the highest cure rate available. Second, the Mohs procedure is designed to precisely target and remove all cancerous cells, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact leading to the smallest defect, best repair and superior cosmetic result post surgery.
Your insurance will cover Mohs surgery for skin cancers that fulfill certain criteria such as location (face, hands, scalp etc..), aggressiveness of the tumor, size, whether it has been operated on before, and some patient specific conditions such as immunosuppression.