Mohs micrographic surgery involves removing a skin cancer one layer at a time and examining these layers under a microscope immediately after they are removed. This procedure allows for a close examination of each layer of skin to detect cancer cells. It also allows a minimal amount of tissue to be removed while ensuring complete removal of all the cancer cells.
A local anesthetic is injected into the skin before the surgery. Your doctor then begins to remove the skin cancer and a small amount of healthy tissue, one layer of skin at a time. Each tissue layer is prepared and examined under the microscope for cancer cells. Surgery is complete when no more cancer cells are detected.
Mohs micrographic surgery is the best procedure to preserve skin tissue surrounding the cancer while at the same time providing the highest cure rates available. The resulting surgical wound can usually be repaired on the same day by the Mohs Surgeon, using facial-plastic surgery techniques. Mohs surgery enjoys a high degree of patient satisfaction and has become state-of-the-art treatment in skin cancer therapy.