What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. It is a tissue-saving, effective and precise procedure that removes skin cancer layer by layer, while conserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
Why is Mohs surgery performed?
Mohs surgery is performed to remove skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, with the highest possible cure rate and the least amount of tissue loss.
What is the success rate of Mohs surgery?
The success rate of Mohs surgery is very high, with a cure rate of over 99% for most types of skin cancer.
Is Mohs surgery painful?
Mohs surgery is not typically painful, as local anesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort or pressure, but it is usually minimal.
How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure can vary, depending on the size and location of the skin cancer and the complexity of the case. On average, the procedure takes between 2-6 hours.
Are you put to sleep for Mohs surgery?
No, Mohs surgery is typically performed using local anesthesia and you remain awake during the procedure.
Is Mohs surgery covered by insurance?
Mohs surgery is typically covered by insurance, but the extent of coverage may vary depending on your plan. Please check with your insurance provider for specific details on coverage.
Does Medicare cover Mohs surgery?
Yes, Medicare does cover Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancer.
How long does it take to recover from Mohs surgery?
Recovery time can vary, but typically you can return to normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure. In some instances, you may experience swelling, redness, or tenderness in the area, but this typically resolves within a few days.
Is there a risk of scarring from Mohs surgery?
Like with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of scarring with Mohs surgery. However, the precision of the technique and the ability to conserve healthy tissue helps to minimize this risk.
Do you need plastic surgery after Mohs surgery?
Plastic surgery may be recommended after Mohs surgery, depending on the size and location of the tissue that was removed, and your appearance and function goals.
Do you need stitches after Mohs surgery?
Stitches may be required after Mohs surgery, depending on the size and location of the tissue that was removed.
Will I need to take time off work after Mohs surgery?
The amount of time needed off work after Mohs surgery will varies depending on your job and the extent of the procedure. Typically you can return to normal activities within a few days to a week.
Are there any potential side effects from Mohs surgery?
Potential side effects from Mohs surgery include swelling, redness, tenderness, and scarring. Most side effects are temporary and resolve within a few days to a week.
How often will I need to return for follow-up appointments after Mohs surgery?
Follow-up appointments may be required after Mohs surgery to monitor the area for any changes or complications. The frequency of follow-up appointments will depend on your specific case.
Can Mohs surgery be performed on other parts of the body besides the face?
Yes, Mohs surgery can be performed on other parts of the body, including the arms, legs, and torso.