Mohs Surgery

What is Mohs micrographic surgery?

Mohs also was known as Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized surgical technique to remove skin cancer utilizing a surgeon and a Dermatopathologist. Mohs has become the treatment of choice for basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) with recurrence rate as low as 1%. Mohs may also be used to remove the malignant melanoma. Mohs technique examines 100% of the tumor margins as compared to other surgical excision techniques that examine as little as 2%. The Mohs technique was first developed by Dr. Frederic E Mohs in the 1930s and has been refined and perfected over the last 50 years. Mohs excision technique creates a map to identify the location of remaining cancer cells whereby the surgeon can remove remaining cancer while sparing healthy skin.

Following the removal of your skin cancer, your surgeon may repair the defect created by the Mohs procedure on the same day or a few days after. Due to the increased risk of skin cancer developing in a similar sun damaged area as your skin cancer your surgeon may recommend treatments following your procedure to reduce your risk. If you have a skin cancer please schedule an appointment to discuss the option for Mohs surgery.

To learn if this skin cancer surgery is right for you, contact our practitioners at Kailua Dermatology. Call 808-263-3233 today!

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