Mohs (pronounced "Moes") surgery, also called Mohs or Mohs micrographic surgery, is a specialized treatment for removing certain skin cancers.
It is the only treatment method that allows for complete evaluation of the margins (areas surrounding the visible skin cancer) while you wait in the medical office.
Mohs surgery ensures that all skin cancer cells have been removed before you leave the office.
What happens during Mohs surgery?
- The visible tumor and a thin layer of surrounding skin are removed.
- The tissue is examined under a microscope to see if any cancer cells remain at any of the edges.
- If any cancer cells remain, additional skin is removed and examined under the microscope.
- This process continues until no more cancer cells are found at the edges.
Each review of the removed skin can take approximately an hour. Because of this, it can be helpful to bring a snack or something to entertain yourself, such as a book.
Please be advised we have new guidelines for Mohs currently in effect.
Please follow the following guidelines for your upcoming Mohs appointment.
- Must wear a mask to enter the building.
- Suggest bringing a sweater- the office is kept COLD.
- We are asking that anyone accompanying a patient not enter the building unless the patient needs physical assistance to enter the building.
- If you prefer you may wait in your car while the processing stage occurs. This typically takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, but can be longer at times.
- Please bring a cell phone and provide that number to staff so we can reach you.