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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, it is important to understand treatment options. The information below focuses on Mohs surgery as one of those options.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is an advanced skin cancer treatment that uses a specific technique to carefully remove cancer cells and preserve as much healthy skin as possible. This procedure is usually indicated for skin cancers located in high-risk areas (i.e. face, ears, lips, nose, eyelid, fingers, genital areas) or that have aggressive microscopic features.
During Mohs surgery, our Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon removes the skin cancer layer by layer. During the process, the entire margin of the removed tissue is examined under the microscope until we’re confident that all the cancer cells and roots have been removed.
Learn more about this skin cancer treatment by reading this blog on the complete guide to Mohs surgery: procedure, cost, and recovery.
Benefits of Mohs Surgery
1. Highest Cure Rate
One of the top Mohs surgery benefits is its remarkably high cure rate for high-risk nonmelanoma skin cancers. Mohs surgery boasts a cure rate of around 99% or higher, whereas other treatments typically have a 90-95% cure rate.
2. Lower Recurrence Rates
Considering Mohs surgery features such a precise technique that aims to remove any and all cancerous cells, it often has the lowest cancer recurrence rates compared to other forms of treatment.
The microscopic examination of tissue that’s removed during the procedure confirms clear margins while the patient is in the office and eliminates any guesswork required by other skin cancer treatment techniques.
Mohs surgery is a cost-effective treatment due to its unmatched ability to deliver exceptionally high cure rates and low cancer recurrence rates.
Another benefit is that Mohs surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting, which means no additional hospital or operating room fees.
4. Reduced Scarring
Since Mohs surgery aims to eliminate all cancerous cells by removing as little tissue as possible, there’s typically a smaller incision (depending on the size of the area treated). This means less scarring and an overall better cosmetic result.
5. More Comfortable
One of the top benefits of Mohs surgery is that it is performed under local anesthesia at your physician’s office, rather than general anesthesia in a hospital setting. This means you won’t be “put to sleep” and instead will be awake during your procedure (which often doesn’t take more than 5-10 minutes to perform).
The longest part of Mohs surgery is examining the tissue under a microscope to ensure all cancer cells were removed. During this time, you and your family will be put in a comfortable waiting room, where you can relax and wait for the results.
6. Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon
At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, Mohs surgery is performed by our Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons who have received extensive training from the American College of Mohs Surgery.
This means that our Mohs surgeons boast unmatched experience in skin cancer removal and reconstructive surgery for the best outcomes, both clinically and cosmetically.
Read our blog on the benefits of choosing a Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and the key to finding the best Mohs surgeon to learn more.
Mohs Surgery Skin Cancer Treatment in Westerville, OH
Do you have a skin cancer that might require Mohs surgery? At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, all of our Mohs surgeons are board-certified and Fellowship-trained members in good standing of the ACMS, which means you receive the best treatment available.
Center for Surgical Dermatology is the largest medical and surgical skin treatment and wellness facility in Central Ohio. Since 2007, our board-certified dermatologists, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons, and caring professional staff have provided patients with treatment they can trust in an environment second to none. Learn more about our state-of-the-art Dermatology Center before booking your appointment today.