We want our patients in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach to know that Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a microscopically controlled surgery used to treat common types of skin cancer. This type of procedure allows for the removal of a skin cancer with very narrow surgical margins and a high cure rate.
Dr. Kathleen Herne is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, and performs this procedure in our West Palm Beach and Palm Beach offices.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Herne will remove the visible tumor, and the specimen will be prepared for her to examine under the microscope. While reviewing the specimen with the microscope, if cancerous cells are found, Dr. Herne will map the location of the cells out on paper and repeat the procedure until no cancerous cells are found. Once the area is cancer-free, Dr. Herne will close the area with stitches. Dr. Herne's specialized training allows her to be able to close very large defects with minimal scarring. In severe/large cases, she can perform skin grafts and tissue flaps to achieve great cosmetic results.