What Is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the most effective methods for removing several types of nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The procedure relies on a micrographic technique to remove cancerous tissue, while sparing surrounding healthy skin tissue. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, FL, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Barry Kuttner can examine your skin for signs of skin cancer and can perform Mohs micrographic surgery.
Advantages of Mohs Surgery
There are different surgical procedures for removing cancerous skin cells. Mohs surgery (also known as Mohs micrographic surgery) offers several advantages over many other procedures. Mohs surgery is associated with both the highest cure rates for skin cancer and the lowest rates of recurrence. The procedure also produces the best cosmetic results by sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. A West Palm Beach dermatologist can help you determine if Mohs micrographic surgery is the right skin cancer removal procedure for your situation.
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia so patients are awake during the procedure. Once the procedure begins, the doctor first removes any visible tumor and then examines it under a microscope to determine whether it is malignant. If cancerous, the doctor will then map out the area where the cancer is located and continue removing and examining small portions of skin or tissue until all the cancer is removed. The area is then stitched closed. Skin grafts or tissue flaps can be applied to areas where large portions of skin and tissue were removed.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among the U.S. population. Mohs surgery is a highly effective procedure for curing and preventing the recurrence of some of the most common nonmelanoma skin cancers, like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, Dr. Herne and Dr. Kuttner are your West Palm Beach dermatologists. Visit either of their West Palm Beach, FL locations at 1840 Forest Hill Boulevard or 110 North Century Boulevard.