The term “Mohs” is not an acronym or technical term. It’s the name of a surgeon who pioneered this effective technique of removing skin cancer, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs.
Below are several more things to know about this method of skin cancer removal:
- Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), including those in cosmetically and functionally important areas around the eyes, nose, lips, ears, scalp, fingers, toes or genitals.
- Patients are treated in a clinic setting using local anesthesia and return home the same day. The procedure is done in stages, all in one visit, while the patient waits between each stage. After surgically removing a layer of tissue, the surgeon examines it under a microscope in an on-site lab. If any cancerous cells remain, the doctor repeats this process until no cancer cells remain.
- After the surgeon confirms that all cancer cells have been removed, the wound will normally be repaired using stitches. This depends on its size and location on the body. In some cases, a wound may need reconstruction with a skin flap, where neighboring tissue is moved into the wound, or possibly a skin graft.
- The number one goal of surgery is complete removal of all cancerous cells. Medical research has demonstrated the cure rate of Mohs surgery to be 99% for skin cancers not previously treated. The second goal of surgery is complete healing without a noticeable scar.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, Mohs surgery may be the best treatment for you!
Contact Front Range Dermatology to learn more about your treatment options.