Mohs surgery is a surgical alternative to remove skin cancer. It involves a multi-step procedure as one layer of skin is removed at a time. Very thin layers are removed and tested each time for the presence of cancerous cells. Think of it like peeling an onion. The surgeon will continue to remove a thin layer at a time until it gets to the point that there are no more cancerous cells present.
When is Mohs Surgery Recommended?
Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the best alternatives for the removal of skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Mohs surgery has been around since the 1930s. It’s considered one of the most effective approaches when it comes to eliminating cancer cells while still protecting the healthy tissue. This procedure is used most often to treat skin cancer that has affected the neck and the head.
What are the Advantages?
One of the greatest advantages of Mohs surgery is having immediate results. Skin cells are tested during the process, allowing doctors to be precise in the removal process. Once they reach a point that no more skin cells are affected by cancer, there is no need for any more removal. It gives patients peace of mind to know that the cancer is gone.
Mohs surgery also has an extremely high success rate when it comes to avoiding a recurrence of skin cancer at the treated area. The treated area is numbed before the layers of skin are removed. This is helpful in making patients as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Once the removal process is over, the area will be treated in such a way that any scarring is minimal.
Is Mohs Surgery Right for You?
If you are the victim of non-melanoma skin cancer, Mohs surgery could be the best choice for you. This procedure is often advised for skin cancer on the face, neck and scalp. The hands and feet can be treated as well. Mohs is often considered the best option if other removal techniques have failed to have lasting results.
Make an appointment with our doctor at RidgeView Dermatology to discuss the possibility of Mohs surgery if you have skin cancer. This procedure has a high rate of success and will provide you with immediate feedback about your results. We have locations in Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake and Forest. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.