What is MOHS Surgery?
MOHS is a technique first described by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs. Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma(BCCs and SCCs), the two most common skin cancers. Cure rates for BCC and SCC are an unparalleled 98 percent or higher with Mohs, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method.
MOHS differs from other techniques in that microscopic examination of all excised tissues occurs during rather than after the surgery; thereby eliminating the need to "estimate" how far out or deep the roots of the skin cancer go.
What to expect from the surgery?
MOHS surgery entails removing one thin layer of tissue at a time; as each layer is removed, its margins are studied under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. If the margins are cancer-free, the surgery is ended. If not, more tissue is removed from the margin where the cancer cells were found, and the procedure is repeated until all the margins of the final tissue sample examined are clear of cancer. This technique allows us to completely remove the cancer while sparing the greatest amount of healthy skin.
Our experienced team will guide you through the process to ensure proper preparation prior to the surgery and post-surgery care to encourage maximal healing.
How to schedule a consult
Your physician will inform you if a MOHS surgery is required. However, if you are concerned with the look or shape of a mole please contact our clinic at 514-788-3200 for Dr. Carey or 514-788-3300 for Dr. Wang to schedule a consultation.