Microscopically controlled surgery was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1940s as a more precise way to remove skin cancers.
Originally, chemicals were applied to the skin and the entire surgical procedure took several days. The technique has been refined over the years to the point where the skin cancer is now removed and examined under the microscope for any remaining tumor almost immediately. The basic principle behind the Mohs technique is to remove the entire skin cancer without taking any more normal skin than is absolutely necessary.
Since Mohs surgery requires highly-trained personnel and can be time consuming, it is reserved only for certain cases that require tissue sparing, precise margin control.
Mohs surgery is very well tolerated and extremely safe. Local anesthesia is used for the entire procedure, instead of general anesthesia, making it much safer then surgeries performed in the operating room. Patients do not stop any medications prior to the surgery including blood thinning medications. Patients are also allowed to eat and drink on the day of the surgery, making the experience much more pleasant then normal surgery.
At Dermatology and Cosmetic Physicians are expert team will guide you through the process. Dr. Burt Steffes and his team have treated thousands of skin cancers with Mohs surgery and we looking forward to helping you treat your skin cancer.