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Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a surgical technique that uses progressive removal and examination of thin layers of cancer-containing skin to remove all the cancerous tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is done on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia, leaving patients feeling comfortable before, during, and after their procedure.
“Slow” Mohs Surgery
“Slow” Mohs, like Mohs surgery, employs progressive removal of thin layers of tissue. In contrast to Mohs surgery, the samples are sent to a pathologist for overnight review as special staining of these cells is required. “Slow” Mohs is used primarily to treat malignant melanoma.
Mohs surgery is the most precise and effective way to remove certain types of skin cancer and is less invasive than other treatments, so you’ll recover faster.
- The procedure varies in length depending on the extent of the cancer. Expect to be at the clinic for several hours.
- While time is an investment the day of your surgery, all pathology is done in our on-site lab by our Mohs surgery team. You will leave knowing the margins are clear and all of the skin cancer has been removed.
- Aside from a handful of particularly rare or aggressive cases, all reconstructions are also done the same day and on-site by our fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and Mohs team. Recovery and healing times vary depending on the extent of the skin cancer.
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