Mohs Surgery Boca Raton
Originally developed in the 1930s, Mohs surgery has been refined into the most advanced, precise, and effective treatment for an increasing variety of skin cancer types. With Mohs surgery in Boca Raton, Dr. Jeffrey Marcus can precisely identify and remove an entire tumor while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed.
Dr. Marcus, an acclaimed skin cancer surgeon, is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Marcus has served as President of the Palm Beach County Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.
The Mohs Surgery Process
The Mohs procedure can take anywhere from two to six hours depending on the number of layers that must be removed. At the start of the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to the region where the tumor is located. This numbs the area to make the surgery comfortable for the patient.
Mohs micrographic surgery involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins). Because the Mohs College surgeon is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99%.
What Makes Mohs Surgery So Effective?
Mohs surgery is unique and so effective because of the way the removed tissue is microscopically examined, evaluating 100% of the surgical margins. The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by the Mohs surgeon, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient.
Benefits of Mohs Surgery Over Other Options
Advantages of Mohs surgery include:
- Ensuring complete cancer removal during surgery, virtually eliminating the chance of the cancer growing back
- Minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost
- Maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome resulting from surgery
- Repairing the site of the cancer the same day the cancer is removed, in most cases
- Curing skin cancer when other methods have failed
Other skin cancer treatment methods blindly estimate the amount of tissue to treat, which can result in the unnecessary removal of healthy skin tissue and tumor re-growth if any cancer is missed.
Healing After a Mohs Procedure
Generally, Mohs surgery recovery is a very simple process and does not require a great deal of downtime. Once a cancerous lesion has been removed using Mohs surgery, the patient can return home. A pressure bandage will be placed on the treated area, and this bandage will be removed during a follow-up visit, as will any sutures. Patients can go back to work the following day, though physically taxing activities must be avoided for one to three weeks.
Mohs Surgery Cost
There is no one fixed price for Mohs micrographic surgery. Rather, Mohs surgery cost is determined by factors like the closure technique employed afterwards, the region of the body where the lesion is located, and the number of layers of tissue that are removed and analyzed.
Generally, Medicare and health insurance companies offer coverage for Mohs surgery. Our office will gladly work with you regarding payment and coverage concerns.
Contact Us to Arrange a Consultation
To find out more about Mohs surgery in Boca Raton, contact Boca Mohs Surgery and set up your informative consultation. We are happy to examine lesions, provide diagnoses, and recommend the proper course of action.