Who Needs Mohs Surgery?
- Indicated for aggressive Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas located on the face
- Personal history of Melanoma.
- Lots of moles (more than 50).
- A personal history of biopsy-proven atypical (dysplastic) moles.
- A personal history of 1+ severe sunburns (even sunburns in childhood).
- Noticing any changes of individual moles or freckles.
An effective technique for removing most common types of skin cancer. Stood the test of time since 1930’s.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a popular skin cancer treatment with high cure rate. Its main advantage is the ability to keep as much healthy skin tissue as possible without compromising the quality of surgeons’ work. The damage caused by this procedure is minimal, which is of particular importance if cancer develops in the areas where the skin preservation is paramount, like face, eyelid, ears, genitals, hands or feet. It usually does not require hospitalization.
How Mohs surgery works
It takes several hours to carry out the whole process of Mohs surgeryThe procedure is typically performed under a local anesthesia when patients remain awake and alert. It is safely carried out in a medical office. Hospitalization is required only in case the surgery has to be extensive. The surgery is conducted in three or four stages depending on situation: I. The skin in the area of the excision is anesthetized, and the surgeon removes the skin lesion with a small margin of surrounding tissues. II. The removed tissue is prepared for examination under a microscope. III. The surgeon examines tissue sections and checks whether there are any so-called “roots” left. In this case, an additional layer of tissue is excised. IV. Reconstruction of surgical defect if needed. The average duration of a Mohs surgery is 1-3 hours, however, for large tumors, several interventions or an operation under general anesthesia may be required. Usually the postoperative wound is sutured. It typically heals within 3-5 weeks. If the wound surface is very large, a skin transplant can be performed.
Who needs Mohs surgery?
Reconstruction after Mohs surgery
Mohs surgery in Bradenton and Sarasota at Arsenault Dermatology
Arsenault Dermatology is a 9-time People’s Choice Award Winner. We provide world-class medical and cosmetic skin care at 3 convenient locations within the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch areas.
We offer fully equipped surgical facilities, huge experience in conducting Mohs operations and a balanced pricing policy. Our skilled medical staff and fellowship trained Mohs surgeons are here to help you to combat skin cancer disease successfully!