Mohs Surgery Takes the Fear Out of Your Skin Cancer Diagnosis

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
September 18, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

Skin CancerFind out how this simple procedure can effectively treatment certain kinds of skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be a scary diagnosis for many of our patients, but it doesn’t have to be. With advancements in medical technology and procedures it’s now easier than ever to quickly detect skin cancer and get down to treating it. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with one of the two most common forms of skin cancers—basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—find out how your Boynton Beach dermatologists Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne and Dr. Heather Houck can safely and properly treat your condition with mohs surgery.

What is mohs surgery?

This surgical treatment is one of the most popular and most effective ways to treat both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This technique makes it easier for your Boynton Beach dermatologists to remove all cancer cells while also sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.

What should I expect from my mohs surgery?

This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Your Boynton Beach dermatologists will excise horizontal sections of tissue from the tumor and examine it under a microscope to look for cancer cells. We will continue to remove small sections of tissue and examine them under a microscope until skin cancer is no longer found in the tissue sample. By only removing tissue where cancer is present we are able to preserve more healthy skin tissue through this procedure.

Just be prepared to be in our office for several hours or even all day to complete this surgery. Every patient’s surgery time will vary depending on the size of the skin cancer.

What is the success rate for mohs surgery?

This surgical technique offers a 98 percent success rate when it comes to treating certain types of skin cancer. These rates are higher than other excision procedures.

What is the recovery process like?

Since this procedure is more conservative when it comes to removing tissue, the recovery period is fairly easy. As with any surgery you’ll want to take some time to rest immediately after. You will also need to come back for a follow-up within a week or so to have stitches removed.

Pain and discomfort is usually minor and often goes away quickly. Your Boynton Beach dermatologists will let you know if pain medications are recommended after your treatment.

Don’t let a skin cancer diagnosis scare you. Take charge by turning to mohs surgery to give you the results you want. Call your Boynton Beach dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches today.