Diagnosed with skin cancer? Mohs Micrographic Surgery may be right for you
If you have been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell carcinoma, you may benefit from Mohs surgery. This “micrographic” procedure is used when skin cancer removal requires the most cosmetic solution.
Dr. Frederick Mohs developed the procedure in the 1940s, but it’s still the only one of its kind.
It’s the only approach that combines removal of the skin cancer with immediate microscopic viewing. It has proven to be the most effective way to remove certain skin cancers.
Other advantages of Mohs surgery include
- Lowest incidence of skin cancer recurrence
- Success rate of up to 99 percent
- Performed in the doctor’s office without general anesthesia
- Reconstruction (if necessary) can be performed at the same time.
Some skin cancers, particularly melanoma (the most dangerous type), must be treated with traditional surgery and follow-up care. Dermatologic surgeons work with reconstructive specialists to remove tumors, performing skin grafts when necessary.
Our dermatologists also work with the Geisinger Cancer Institute to help patients who have radiation therapy for skin cancer.