Mohs surgery is a highly specialized technique for removing skin cancers. It was first developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Fredrick Mohs. Mohs surgery allows the skilled dermatologist skin cancer surgeon to remove one layer of tissue at a time and to exam it microscopically to ensure the complete removal of the skin cancer, while preserving the maximum amount of healthy skin.
What Are The Advantages Of Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate for removal of a skin cancer, 97-99% . The procedure is very safe and performed with local anesthesia. Mohs surgery allows for the tumor to be removed and examined microscopically to detect any “roots” of the cancer that can be identified and mapped. If cancer cells are seen, then an additional layer is removed, only in the areas where there is still cancer present.
How Should I Prepare For Mohs Surgery?
- Plan to spend the day with us
- A good night’s rest followed by a light breakfast prior to surgery
- Bring a lunch (water/coffee and light snacks will be provided)
- Book, iPad, or magazine to read
- A sweater or jacket
- Someone to drive you the day of surgery (space is limited, so please only bring one friend with you and no children please)
Should I Continue My Medications?
If you have been instructed to take antibiotics prior to dental procedures, please notify us to fill your prescription prior to your day of surgery. If you have artificial joint or artificial heart valves please notify us, to ensure you have the proper antibiotic prior to surgery.
Stop all herbal supplements including Vitamin E, fish oil, omega-3, gingko, ginseng, and garlic 14 days prior to surgery. These can thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding.
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Dr. Warthan and her staff were extremely caring during my Mohs procedure. They answered all of my questions and the surgery went just as expected and now I am cancer free!Robert