What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. The procedure is performed by specially trained surgeons who have completed fellowship training, in addition to a three-year dermatology residency.

The Mohs procedure has been continually refined since it was initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs in the 1930s.  With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Mohs surgeons are specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction.  Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – (up to 99 percent cure rate) with the best cosmetic outcome possible. The Mohs technique is the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors during the initial surgery. Click here to learn more about the Mohs procedure.