Developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s, Mohs surgery became a viable treatment by the 1970’s. The method calls for the incremental removal of skin layers until healthy skin is reached. Having this type of procedure effectively removes threats and enhances the potential for a recurrence. Here are some things you should know about Mohs surgery.
What Is the Most Common Reason to Have the Procedure?
The presence of any form of skin cancer is often what prompts a medical professional to recommend this type of surgery. In this scenario, the surgeon would remove any warts or lesions on the surface and then begin to slowly remove layers of the underlying skin. The goal is to remove any skin that may still contain cancer cells and leave the healthy skin behind. As a progressive procedure, the surgery can take several hours.
Are There Specific Types of Skin Cancer That Respond Well to the Surgery?
Mohs surgery can be conducted with any type of skin cancer. Certain forms do have higher success rates. Basal cell carcinoma is one example of skin cancer that responds well to this type of surgery. Squamous cell carcinoma can also be successfully treated using this method. Several different types of melanoma are commonly treated using the surgery.
Why Would We Recommend Mohs Surgery Rather Than a Different Procedure?
There are several factors that indicate the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. If the patient has had the same or a similar form of skin cancer in the past, repeating the same treatment is usually discouraged. In this scenario, Mohs surgery may be employed in hopes of preventing the cancer from returning a third time.
While some skin cancers are well-defined in shape and size, others are harder to see in entirety. The borders may be somewhat blurred rather than obvious. Since Mohs surgery involves removal of skin in layers, it’s easier to locate and extract damaged skin that is below the surface. Thanks to the incremental removal of the layers, the odds of getting all of the cancer are much higher.
If one of our professionals recommend Mohs surgery to deal with skin cancer, there are specific reasons for doing so. Talk about what you can do to prepare for the procedure, what to expect while the surgery is occurring, and how to make your recovery comfortable and free of any complications.
If you are in need of skin cancer treatment, or if you would like to have a spot checked, contact Lakeside Dermatology today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Sebring and Winter Haven, FL.