Mohs Micrographic Surgery
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs surgery, also known as microscopically controlled surgery, was developed by Dr. F. Mohs in the 1940’s. It is a common procedure used to treat certain skin cancers and to prevent the recurrence of that cancer. Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers the highest cure rate (up to 99% for basal and squamous cell carcinomas). This precise method of treating skin cancers allows us to surgically remove the skin cancer and immediately examine the tissue to identify any remaining cancerous tissue.
When is Mohs surgery used?
- certain areas of the body affected by skin cancer that did not respond to other treatment options
- the skin cancer is affecting an area of the body that the patient wishes to keep as much of the normal tissue as possible
- the size of the skin cancer cannot be easily determined by a visual examination
- cancer returns to a previously treated area
Where is Mohs surgery performed?
Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and requires a local anesthetic. In addition to having a higher success rate, Mohs is also recognized for its precision, making it the most aesthetic choice for skin cancer treatment.
How long is the recovery time?
Recovery time depends on the size of the skin cancer. While some wounds can heal by themselves, others may require sutures, a small skin graft or in some cases, reconstructive surgery. If any discomfort should occur following this treatment, it is usually very mild and can be treated with Tylenol. While minimal bleeding is common, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience persistent, excessive bleeding.
Who performs Mohs surgery?
Fellowship-Trained Surgeons of the American College of Mohs Surgery are a sensible choice for Mohs Sugery. Physicians complete a one year post-residency fellowship. Dr. Behr completed her Mohs fellowship in 1996 at UCLA. She has been performing Mohs since this time and has done several thousand procedures.