Posted by: Skin And Cancer Institute in Medical Dermatology


Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. It is named after its inventor, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, who first developed the procedure in the 1930s. Today, Mohs surgery is considered one of the most effective ways to remove skin cancer, with cure rates approaching 99%.

The Mohs surgery procedure involves removing thin layers of skin containing cancer cells until no more cancer cells can be detected. This is done by removing a small piece of skin, which is then examined under a microscope to determine if there are any cancer cells present. If cancer cells are found, another layer of skin is removed and examined, and this process is repeated until no more cancer cells can be detected.

One of the main advantages of Mohs surgery is that it allows for the complete removal of skin cancer while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. This is particularly important in areas of the body where cosmetic appearance and function are critical, such as the face, hands, and feet. Mohs surgery also has a high cure rate for skin cancers that have a high risk of recurrence or that are located in difficult-to-treat areas.

While any surgery can be a daunting prospect, patients undergoing Mohs surgery can rest assured that they are in good hands with a board-certified SCI dermatologist who has undergone specialized training in this technique. Mohs surgeons at the Skin and Cancer Institute are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, and they have the skills and experience needed to perform the procedure safely and effectively.

During Mohs surgery, patients are given local anesthesia to numb the area being treated, so they should not feel any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days. Patients may also need to take some time off work or other activities to allow their skin to heal properly.

In conclusion, Mohs surgery is a highly effective and safe technique for treating skin cancer. Patients should not hesitate to seek treatment from an SCI board-certified dermatologist who is trained in this specialized procedure. With the right care and attention, patients can rest assured that they are in good hands and can expect excellent outcomes from their Mohs surgery.