Mohs Surgery & Repair
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a type of skin cancer surgery that has a high success rate in treating certain types of skin cancers, particularly those that are large, aggressive or in areas that are difficult to treat with traditional surgical methods.
The Surgery Process
During Mohs procedure, the surgeon removes the visible portion of the skin cancer and then removes additional layers of tissue from the surrounding area. Each layer is examined to check for the presence of cancer cells. This process is repeated in the clinic until no more cancer cells are found.
Mohs surgery’s goal is to remove all signs of the skin cancer without damaging the healthy skin surrounding it. It also allows the surgeon to be sure that all cancer has been removed. Mohs Procedure is particularly effective in treating skin cancers that have a high risk of recurrence or located in sensitive areas such as the face or hands.
Risks of Mohs Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with Mohs surgery. These may include bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve damage. However, the risks associated with this procedure are generally low, and most patients experience a full recovery within a few weeks.
What to Expect
One of the advantages of Mohs surgery is that you will get your results immediately as you usually do not leave your appointment until all signs of skin cancer is removed. You may have follow up appointments to ensure you are healing correctly.
Curious if a mole might be cancerous? Check out our blog, Moles, Freckles and Spots: How Can You Tell if it's Skin Cancer?
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