Mohs micrographic surgery was original developed in the 1930’s and has since gone on to become the most advanced and effective treatment for a large variety of skin cancers. Mohs specific, unique technique helps physicians to identify and remove tumors in their entirety without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. This micrographic surgery is performed by removing the skin cancer layers individually and then examining those tissue under a microscope until the cancer-free tissue is reached. Mohs has a 99% success rate for skin cancer treatments (higher than any other treatments for skin cancer).
The Mohs skin cancer surgery procedure is typically performed in office as an outpatient procedure. In most cases the procedure will be completed in one day. This procedure is performed using local anesthesia, so patients are awake during the procedure but are totally numb in the operated-on area. After numbing, the surgeon removes each layer and a technician examine it under the microscope. This continues until those clear margins are achieved.
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