Mohs micrographic surgery is accepted as the most effective treatment for the two most common types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Cancer (BCC) and Squamous Cell Cancer (SCC), providing a 98 percent higher success rate than other treatment methods.
Another benefit of Mohs micrographic surgery is that it spares the greatest amount of healthy skin while providing the most effective cancer treatment available.
How does Mohs Micrographic Surgery Work?
The process of the surgery is rather simple. With the use of a local anesthetic and a microscope, thin layers of the affected skin are removed and examined to ensure no evidence of the disease is left. During traditional surgery, only some tumors margins can be examined. With the Mohs surgery, each layer of skin is examined after removal until no evidence of cancer remains. Then wound is then closed by the surgeon using advanced surgical techniques. In some cases, the closure may be delayed and later closed by a plastic surgeon.
Where can I get Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
The Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale performs Mohs micrographic surgery on site with medically trained Doctors of Dermatology experienced in Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma and need treatment, contact the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale regarding Mohs Micrographic Surgery at (480) 596-1110.
What is the Recovery Time for Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Surgical incisions from Mohs micrographic surgery differ depending on the severity of the case and may take from several days to several weeks to heal. The body will produce a scar that, like any scar tissue, will take anywhere from six to 18 months to fully heal.
Follow up examinations are necessary, as is a 5 year well check to ensure that cancer has not returned. It is important to keep all of your follow-up appointments.