What is Mohs micrographic surgery and why is it important?
- Posted on: Sep 30 2020
When patients hear from their dermatologist that they have skin cancer, they may be overwhelmed by the news. They may also be worried about what can be done to help them eradicate the cancer and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle for many years to come. A skin cancer diagnosis is made with the help of a dermatological professional who performs a biopsy to then evaluate the skin cells for cancer cells. If a dermatopathologist spots cancer, the patient is given a definitive diagnosis with the type of cancer and the best treatment. In many instances, the team at the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England will recommend Mohs micrographic surgery.
What is Mohs micrographic surgery?
The team at the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England describes Mohs micrographic surgery as a specialized surgical procedure performed to eradicate skin cancer from the body in a manual, precision method. During Mohs micrographic surgery, the area of cancer is removed layer by layer, ensuring cancer cells deep within the skin are removed. Because this type of treatment is more conservative, is preserves as much skin around the treated area as possible to reduce scarring while removing all the visible cancer cells during one procedure. Mohs micrographic surgery is best for recurring cancers or for cancers that develop on delicate areas such as the face, where scarring can cause deformations. The procedure is performed by a trained professional in our surgical rooms and can help patients fight skin cancer quickly and reliably.
Why is Mohs micrographic surgery important?
Mohs is an important procedure because it is the most effective way of removing cancer without the need for chemotherapy or radiation. It is focused on the visible cancer cells and their extraction while conserving as much healthy tissue as possible in the process. It is a great solution for cancers on the hands, face, and other highly noticeable areas where scarring may be a concern.
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New Hampshire and Massachusetts area patients seeking the best in care for skin cancer diagnosis and treatment are welcome to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our associates at one of our three convenient office locations.
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