What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized, advanced surgical technique that offers the highest possible cure rate for many skin cancers and preserves the greatest amount of normal tissue as possible. If surgical repair of the defect is necessary, it can be done with the knowledge that there is no residual tumor left. As a result, Mohs micrographic surgery is very useful for large tumors, tumors with indistinct borders, tumors near vital functional or cosmetic structures and tumors for which other forms of therapy have failed.
If you have a basal cell carcinoma, there is about a 99% chance that you will be cured. If you have a squamous cell skin cancer, you can be about 95% certain you will be cured. However, follow-up visits to detect the rare recurrence are very important. After the initial postoperative period, you will return to your referring physician for routine skin care and tumor surveillance.
What are the benefits of Mohs Surgery?
- Tissue sparing-least amount of normal tissue taken
- Highest cure rate of any technique
for Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinomas
- Lesions completely removed-in only one visit
- Excellent cosmetic results
- Less anxiety-no need for re-excision
To help make the visit as pleasant as possible, we provide music, reading material, drinks, and snacks to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Many patients are confused by the term “Mohs” surgery, and think that it is “Mole surgery” or “Moles Surgery”. Mohs surgery is named after the man who first developed the technique, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs.
About our doctors
Dr. Jeffrey Ellis & Amy Slear are board certified dermatologists on Long Island who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin cancer, providing the most advanced treatments and highest quality of care, delivered with compassion. You can use this on-line form to request an appointment.
Dr. Rachel Ellis is a board certified ophthalmologist, specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She specializes in the treatment of skin cancer around the eyelids, and reconstruction of peri-ocular defects post Mohs surgery. You can use this on-line form to request an appointment with Dr. Rachel Ellis.
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