Advantages of Mohs Surgery
Unlike microscopic examination, with the advanced Mohs techniques, our surgeons can pinpoint areas involved with cancer and selectively remove only those areas. In this way, the skin cancer is traced out to its "roots." This results in
preserving as much normal tissue as possible with the highest chance for cure. Other forms of therapy have only a 50% to 70% chance for success in curing skin cancers that have previously been unsuccessfully treated. Using the Mohs
micrographic surgery techniques, the percentage of success is very high, often 97%, even when other forms of treatment have failed. With this technique, an excellent chance of cure is achieved. However, no one guarantees a 100%
chance of cure.
Our surgeons are thoroughly convinced that the advanced Mohs technique is the best way to provide his patients with the highest chance for cure while preserving the maximum amount of normal tissue. When facing the most complex and
challenging skin cancer cases, the Mohs techniques are proven to be the best response. It is highly specialized, and not all medical centers in the United States are equipped with the personnel and training to offer this treatment.
Our surgeons frequently receive patients who are referred for Mohs surgery after other forms of treatment have failed. This does not mean that the patient is cancer prone or a particularly hopeless case. It merely means that the
methods used for treatment in the past did not destroy all the skin cancer cells. Because Mohs micrographic surgery uses complete microscopic control to search out the "roots" of the cancer, it cures almost all patients - even those in
whom skin cancer has persisted in spite of several other treatments.
3 Surgical Steps to Mohs Surgery
The surgical removal of the visible portion of skin cancer.
The surgical removal of a thin layer of tissue at the bed of the cancer.
The examination of the excised tissue layer under the microscope.
By examining the edges and underside of the tissue, our surgeons are able to trace out and exactly locate any additional areas of cancer remaining. Before the tissue is examined, it is marked with colored dyes to distinguish top from bottom
and right from left, and a detailed map of the excised tissue is made. By doing this, we are able to pinpoint the exact location of any remaining tumor during the microscopic examination. If more cancer is present, the procedure is repeated.
Only the area of the remaining cancer is removed.
Outpatient or in the Hospital?
Whenever possible, the surgery is performed as an outpatient in the Plano, Texas clinic. Occassionally, it is required that you stay in the hospital. We will inform you if we feel it would be best for you to be hospitalized at the time of
you initial visit. Occasionally, patients must be hospitalized after treatment to allow follow up or reconstruction.