Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is a surgical procedure used for treating skin cancer. During treatment, thin layers of cancer-cell-containing skin are extracted and inspected until only tissues without cancer cells are left.
When is Mohs Surgery Recommended?
Mohs surgery is commonly recommended for treating common types of skin cancers including squamous and basal cell carcinomas, some forms of melanoma, and other more atypical forms of skin cancer. It is, however, particularly effective for skin cancer types that:
• Are aggressive and/or large
• Have indefinable borders or edges
• Are situated in bodily areas where preservation of healthy tissue is paramount, like those around the ears, eyes, mouth, nose, genitals, feet, and hands
• Have an increased risk of recurring or have already recurred following treatment in the past
Mohs Surgery Results and Other Vital Things to Remember
Among the most practical advantages offered by Mohs surgery is that you’ll be able to quickly obtain results. It’s also performed under local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. To ensure that the site is healing properly, you simply need to attend follow-up appointments at our Winston Salem, NC office.
It’s also crucial to keep in mind that while Mohs surgery is usually successful, your risk of developing another type of skin cancer or your previous cancer recurring will always be there. Studies have shown that individuals who’ve had skin cancer have a higher risk of developing it again when compared to individuals who haven’t had skin cancer. This is why routine follow-up visits and skin cancer screenings with your dermatologist are vital.
For Any Concerns or Questions About Skin Cancer, Contact Us
Mohs surgery is performed by Jenny Stone, M.D. at our Winston Salem, NC office. Arrange a consultation with her at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center by calling (336) 768-1280