What Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery, also called Mohs surgery, is the gold standard for treating many of the most common and dangerous forms of skin cancers. This procedure was pioneered by Dr. Frederic Mohs and has since become well-established as a successful skin cancer treatment.
Mohs surgery is unique and so effective because of the way the removed tissue is microscopically examined, evaluating 100% of the surgical margins. The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by Dr Tal, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient.
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins). Because Dr. Tal is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99%.
What are the advantages of Mohs Surgery?
- Ensuring complete cancer removal during surgery, virtually eliminating the chance of the cancer growing back
- Minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost
- Maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome resulting from surgery
- Repairing the site of the cancer the same day the cancer is removed (90% of cases)
- Curing skin cancer when other methods have failed
What types of skin cancer does Mohs surgery treat?
Dr. Tal uses Mohs surgery to remove the most common types of skin cancer, including:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Some types of melanoma
Mohs surgery offers superior cosmetic outcomes, which makes this procedure particularly useful for removing skin cancer from difficult areas, such as the face.
What are the benefits of Mohs surgery?
Because Dr. Tal takes great care to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible while removing all cancer cells, Mohs surgery offers the following benefits over standard procedures:
- Minimal scarring
- Superior aesthetic outcome
- Over 98% cure rate
This technique allows Dr. Tal to verify that all cancer cells have been removed, which increases the cure rate and reduces the need for additional skin cancer treatments or surgeries.