Mohs Surgery Overview
Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery, commonly referred to as Mohs surgery, is a precise and highly effective outpatient procedure used to treat certain types of skin cancer, especially those found on the face and neck.
Mohs surgery is minimally invasive and is performed in the office under local anesthesia. During the procedure, the Mohs surgeon begins by removing a thin layer of skin containing cancer cells. The surgeon then carefully examines the tissue under a microscope and precisely identifies and maps where the cancer cells are seen. Upon review, if any cancer cells remain at the edges of the tissue, the surgeon will repeat the process until no other cancer cells are found. The layer-by-layer skin removal approach allows surgeons to spare as much healthy skin as possible since they only remove the skin with cancer cells, leaving the normal skin intact.
Once the cancer has been removed, the Mohs surgeon will provide options to repair the wound. Options include natural healing, stitching the wound together, using a skin flap or graft, or referral to a plastic surgeon for complicated repairs.