What to Know About Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is a surgical procedure that is effective in removing skin cancer. When you undergo the procedure, the surgeon removes layers of skin progressively until layers are reached that are cancer-free. The surgeon will know this by examining each skin layer as it is removed.
The goal of the surgery is to remove the cancer while preserving the surrounding tissue. It often offers better results than standard surgery because the Mohs procedure is effective at protecting more of the patient’s healthy tissue and skin.
Why Is Mohs Surgery Performed?
Mohs surgery is performed to treat the most common kinds of skin cancer. These include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. However, it is also used to treat some types of melanoma and other unusual skin cancers.
Mohs surgery is particularly good for treating skin cancers that:
• Have a high risk of recurrence
• Are located in places where you wish to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible
• Have borders that are hard to define
• Are large or aggressive
What You Can Expect From the Surgery
Mohs surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in an area that has access to equipment that can be used to examine the tissue. The surgery will most likely last a few hours. However, the whole day is reserved for the surgery because it is difficult to know exactly how extensive the skin tumor is.
To get you ready for Mohs surgery, the surgeon will cleanse and draw a circle around the area that will be the focus of the procedure. While you undergo Mohs surgery, you probably won’t need to wear a surgical gown unless the location of the tumor requires it. You will only need a local anesthetic, which will numb the target area and ensure that you don’t feel any pain from the surgery.
Nevada residents in need of Mohs surgery can turn to Carson Dermatology for high-quality treatment. Those in Reno, Carson City, and other areas throughout Northern Nevada can call today to find out more about Mohs surgery and other dermatological treatments and services.