What is Mohs Surgery?

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs Micrographic surgery is one of the most effective and definitive ways to treat skin cancer. Named after surgeon Frederic Mohs who invented the Mohs Surgery Technique, Mohs surgery involves removing tumor, examining that tumor under the microscope and continuing the process in office until the tumor is completely excised. Sometimes, the procedure takes a couple of hours and sometimes it takes a half day or longer to ensure complete tumor removal. The procedure is completed in the office under local anesthesia. The difference with Mohs surgery is that the complete margins are examined to be sure the cancer is completely removed where other techniques use random sampling to check for cancer removal which is not as accurate. Dermatologists are particularly well suited to perform this surgical technique as dermatology residency involves dermatologic surgery and dermatopathology evaluation. Once removed, the defect or hole left from the surgery is typically repaired by a number of different techniques. Our physicians have had extensive training in Mohs micrographic surgery and in the surgical repair of Mohs related defects.

Both Dr. Greenberg is adept at all different types of skin closure techniques including primary closures, flaps, and grafts.

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