Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a specialized procedure for the removal of skin cancers. The procedure is named after the originator of the technique, Dr. Frederick Mohs. The following information is intended to help you understand what Mohs Micrographic Surgery is and why it is recommended for the treatment of your skin cancer.
Mohs micrographic surgery allows the selective removal of areas of skin involved with cancer while preserving as much of the surrounding normal tissue as possible. Because of the complete systematic search for the “roots” of the skin cancer, Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers a 99% chance for the complete removal of skin cancer which has not had prior treatment. As a result, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is very useful for large skin cancer, those with indistinct borders or near vital functional or cosmetic structures, and tumors for which other forms of therapy have failed.
There are two basic steps to each Mohs Micrographic Surgery stage. First, the visible portion of the tumor is surgically removed. Next, this tissue is processed and examined under the microscope. On the microscopic slides, the physician examines the entire bottom surface and the outside edges of the removed tissue. If any tumor is seen during the microscopic examination , its location is established, and a thin layer of additional tissue is excised from the involved area. The microscopic examination is then repeated. The entire process is repeated until no tumor is seen on the microscopic examination.
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