What you need to know about Mohs Surgery

Posted by Cedars Dermatology, 4th March 2019

Mohs surgery is used to treat cancerous skin, removing individual layers of the skin until the remaining skin tissue is not cancerous. Also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, the procedure is specifically designed to remove skin cancer and involves a local anaesthetic.

During Mohs surgery, cancerous skin and some healthy tissue are removed, however the Mohs surgeon will aim to do as little damage as possible to the healthy tissue within the immediate area. As the surgery is performed in this way, the accuracy and the impact of the procedure is much greater when compared to other forms of surgery.

When considering Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer, you should ensure that you choose a qualified and professional Mohs surgeon. Any surgeon that you choose for your procedure should have the specialist skills required to perform Mohs surgery, and they should have completed a one year full-time intensive fellowship in Mohs surgery. This type of skin cancer removal is a very accurate, precise and effective treatment, so it is important that you are certain of the quality of your surgeon.

The Benefits of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is a very effective procedure, due to the precision and technique used within the removal of cancerous skin, as well as the examination of tissue as part of the surgery. When compared to alternative procedures, Mohs surgery has a number of fantastic advantages, such as:

 

  • Lower amount of healthy tissue removed during surgery.
  • Extremely effective treatment that comprehensively removes the cancer.
  • Treatment area repaired on the same day as the surgery.
  • Almost no chance of the cancer returning.
  • Mohs surgery is a cost-effective form of skin cancer removal.
  • Other types of surgery may require you to return for several procedures.
  • Less errors can occur with Mohs surgery.
  • One single surgical procedure reduces the pressure and stress that you endure.
  • Mohs surgery usually requires much less recovery time to alternative procedures.

The Risks of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery typically has a low number of associated risks; however each individual is unique and so some may experience more of the potential risks than others. Although often unlikely, the risks that can sometimes be associated with Mohs surgery include:

  • Pain within the treatment area.
  • Bleeding from the wound.
  • Wounds can become infected.
  • A larger scar than anticipated.
  • Treated area can become unsightly.

For more information about Mohs surgery or to book an appointment with our specialist Mohs surgeon, please contact us today. Call us on 02073 077467, email derm@consultant.com or complete our contact form.

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