What You Need To Know About Mohs Surgery?
Find out how skin cancer can be effectively eliminated through this thorough surgical procedure.
Did you know that almost half of American adults who live to be 65 years old will deal with some form of skin cancer during their lifetime? Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer, with more than four million United States adults diagnosed each year. If one of our Boynton Beach dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Heather Houc,k has diagnosed you with skin cancer and recommended Mohs surgery, find out more about this treatment and how it can benefit you.
What is Mohs surgery?
During this procedure, your Boynton Beach skin doctor will remove skin cancer layer by layer, examining each layer under a microscope before removing more. Through microscopic examination, we can detect cancer cells, which reduces the amount of healthy tissue that might be removed during the procedure.
Before the surgery, a local anesthesia will be injected into the skin to alleviate discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, we will remove the first layer of skin cancer. This layer is then examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. Then another layer is removed and examined. We will continue to remove layers of tissue until there are no cancer cells present.
When is Mohs surgery recommended?
There are many instances in which this type of procedure is appropriate for removing skin cancer including,
- Cancer that is growing rapidly
- Cancer that is more than likely to return
- Cancer that is in more visible areas such as the ears or nose
- Childhood skin cancer
- Cancer that is more likely to spread to other areas of the body
What is the recovery period after my surgery?
Everyone’s recovery time may be a bit different depending on how extensive your surgery is. The average recovery period can take anywhere from two to four weeks.
Concerned about a suspicious mole? Have questions about your upcoming surgery? Don’t hesitate to contact the Boynton Beach skin care experts at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches to get the care you deserve.