Mohs surgery is a specific method for removing cancerous tissue while preserving the functionality and aesthetics of surrounding normal tissue. This technique is specifically reserved for cancers that are poorly defined clinically, recurrent, and/or have a high risk of recurrence. Once identified and removed, these cancers undergo meticulous microscopic observation, allowing surgeons to confirm that the entire cancer has been excised at the time of surgery. This method increases the cure rate of skin cancer and reduces the need for additional surgery or treatments. Keep in mind that the amount of time your surgery takes will depend on your unique situation. Dr. Chung is an American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) fellowship trained surgeon. By choosing him, you will ensure that your skin cancer treatment is performed with the highest standards of quality and competency in the removal of skin cancers and the reconstruction of your skin.
The following points further highlight the benefits of Mohs surgery:
- 100% of your tissue margins are examined by the same physician who serves as both surgeon and pathologist.
- Mohs Surgery provides the highest, evidence-based cure rate for skin cancers.
- The technique helps preserve normal tissue.
- By sparing the maximum amount of normal tissue, reconstruction is performed with fewer complications.
The majority of surgeries performed require only local anesthesia providing superior patient safety and furthering cost effectiveness. Additionally, this provides a reduction in the recovery period overall.
“I noticed one morning when I went to wash my face I had a ‘pimple’ that bled. When that kept happening even after I applied antibiotic ointment, I knew I had to see a dermatologist. I was told I had basal cell carcinoma and after discussing the treatment options with my provider, I decided to have Mohs surgery. Because the cancer was in the middle of my nose I was nervous, but Dr. Chung and his staff were reassuring through the whole process and now I barely have a scar. I had excellent results.” – Janet, patient
Have questions? For further reading:
1. Mohs surgery on skincancer.org
2. Mohs: The Gold Standard
3. Overview of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Source for bullet points: Bolognia, J.L., Jorizzo, L.L. & Schaffer, J.L. (2012). Dermatology (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby.