Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a method of surgery performed to treat skin cancer. This method was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs, MD at the University of Wisconsin. It involved the use of chemicals in addition to surgery. Today, most practitioners use the Fresh Tissue Technique, which does not involve chemicals.
Mohs surgery was based around the layer-by-layer excision of suspect tissues with microscopic scanning of the surfaces underneath the excised layers by systematic use of frozen sections. This thorough microscopic guidance of the excision serves to detect and eliminate unpredictable cancerous outgrowths that can affect areas beyond the visible borders of the neoplasm.
The surgical procedure is the treatment of choice for most patients looking to treat skin cancers on the head, neck, or for aggressive lesions. All patients with recurrent basal cell carinomas (BCCs) or high-risk primary tumors are candidates for Mohs surgery.
The Mohs technique allows surgically removed tissue to be mapped, color-coded, and examined microscopically on the same day of surgery. Nearly 100% of tissue margins are examined to ensure the tumor is completely removed before skin treatment. The procedure has the highest cure rate for complex skin cancers and minimizes the need for removal of normal or existing skin tissue.
Dr. Alan Heller is a Mohs surgeon who is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). He carries all the qualifications needed to perform successful skin cancer treatment with the Mohs technique. To schedule your consultation, please call our office today.