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Mohs Surgery

Why Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery is used for most skin cancers. The complete examination of 100% and precise mapping of the surgical margins allows the surgeon to analyze the microscopic roots of the skin cancer that are not seen with the naked eye. This can not be done with any current treatment option and ensures the highest cure right of any treatment choice. The cure rate has been documented to be as high as 99%. This is unparalleled compared to other treatment options.

When should you have Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is an excellent choice for the treatment of most primary skin cancers. When the skin cancer:

  • Develops on areas where cosmetic appearance and function are important
  • Has recurred after previous treatments
  • Is large
  • Has edges that are ill defined
  • Grows rapidly

What should you know about the day of your surgery:

  • Surgery is performed under local anesthesia and there is no general anesthesia
  • It may be a good to bring a friend or family member for support. If you are having surgery around the eye, nose or hand you may need to bring someone as a driver since the post-operative bandage may obstruct your view.
  • Since Mohs ensure that 100% of the margins are clear of skin cancer, the procedure time can be unpredictable. Therefore, please plan for the appointment to take most of the day. However, on average the procedure often take between 2-3 hours.

What supplies will I need after the surgery:

You will be leaving the office with a bandage. This will be left on for 24 hours. Afterwards we recommend that you remove the bandage and gently wash the surgical area with soap and water. For complete post-care instructions please click here. The main supplies you will need are:

  • Vaseline
  • Band-Aids
  • Tylenol (we try to avoid ibuprofen because it can increase risk of bleeding)
  • Do not use antibiotic ointment (this can cause reactions around the surgical site)