How does Mohs surgery treat skin cancer?

Adam J. Mamelak, MD

Mohs surgery is a highly specialized and effective technique for treating skin cancer with an over 99% cure rate. Mohs surgery removes skin cancer layer by layer down to the root, sparing the surrounding healthy skin. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic while you are awake. The procedure is quick, and patients can be reassured their cancer is removed completely, with a chance less than 1% of ever recurring.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Moh's surgery is usually performed by dermatologist specialized in removal skin cancers along the head and neck region. A microscope is used to removed thin mapped out segments of the tumor until the margins are found to be clear of cancer. Next, flap reconstruction may be performed on smaller defects to close the deformity. Larger tumor defects may require larger flaps or grafts performed by a Board certified plastic surgeon under general anesthesia.

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