Mohs Surgery Sarasota, FL
Mohs Surgery, named for Dr. Frederic Mohs who developed the technique, is a highly specialized and precise treatment for skin cancer in which the cancer is removed in stages, one tissue layer at a time. It is an outpatient procedure, performed under local anesthesia, and is distinguished by a specific technique of tissue examination that is unique to Mohs surgery.
The Mohs Surgery Procedure
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in a physician’s office. Mohs surgery may be performed by a team of specialists, with each team member specializing in a different part of the surgery, or by one surgeon that is experienced and capable of performing the whole procedure.
During Mohs surgery, the area that is treated is numbed with a local anesthetic. Small layers of skin are removed, and each layer is examined under a microscope to see if it has malignant cells. This process continues until the cancerous cells are removed completely. Most Mohs surgery can be performed in three stages or less, and it takes around 4 hours.
Recovery From Mohs Surgery
After Mohs surgery, you may experience mild discomfort, bruising, bleeding and swelling. Pain medication will be prescribed to you as needed, although most patients require only over-the-counter pain medication.
Mohs surgery does leave scars, although they are often smaller than scars left by other excision procedures. Reconstructive procedures, including skin grafts and/or skin flaps, can reduce the prominence of scars, and they can be performed with your Mohs surgery or at a later time. Often times stitches will be placed in the skin’s natural creases or in out-of-sight areas, which can help make scarring less visible.
Risks of Mohs Surgery
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, Mohs surgery includes the following risks:
- Temporary/permanent surgical-area numbness
- Temporary/permanent surgical-area weakness
- Skin discoloration
- Shooting pain
- Keloid scar
Following Mohs surgery, it is important to visit your dermatologist and doctor regularly to make sure that cancer has not returned or that new cancer has grown.