Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized technique for the removal of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers. It offers the highest cure rate available of 99%, which is higher than any other alternative treatment. Mohs micrographic surgery is very different from other types of skin cancer removal for three basic reasons.
1. When removing the skin cancer, tissue is cut out in thin layers. Each layer is prepared and examined under the microscope by Dr. Lee. If any remaining skin cancer is noted during microscopic inspection, an additional layer of tissue is taken only from that region of the skin. This step-wise approach allows Dr. Lee to remove all of the skin cancer while sacrificing as little normal skin as possible. Ultimately, this results in the smallest scar allowable following skin cancer removal.
2. Any skin tissue that is removed during the procedure is analyzed microscopically the same day. In other types of skin cancer removal, the excised tissue is sent to an outside laboratory and analyzed by another doctor usually over the course of a few days to weeks. With Mohs micrographic surgery, Dr. Lee and his team prepare and analyze the tissue in our laboratory in our office and the results are generated in 1-2 hours.
3. Mohs micrographic surgery allows for confirmation of complete skin cancer removal prior to stitching the wound (reconstruction). In other types of skin cancer removal, the presumed cancerous area is cut out and often immediately stitched. The removed tissue is then sent to a laboratory for confirmation of complete removal. Unfortunately, in some instances, microscopic analysis several days later shows that skin cancer is still present at a margin and an additional procedure(s) is required for cure.
Mohs micrographic surgery is an invaluable treatment for skin cancer. Your skin cancer can be completely removed while sacrificing as little normal tissue as possible and you leave the office cured, reassured, and with the smallest allowable scar. In addition to Mohs micrographic surgery, Dr. Lee also specializes in the removal of melanoma skin cancer and other rare forms of skin cancer.
Learn more in our Patients Guide to Mohs Surgery.