Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. Named for its founder, Dr. Frederic Mohs, Mohs surgery allows for the removal of the entire cancer in one session, as the surgeon is able to analyze the tissue during surgery, ensuring that all cancerous cells are removed, while maintaining the healthy tissue in the area. Often with other treatments, the “roots,” or extensions of the cancer that can align with blood vessels, cartilage or nerves, cannot be detected at surgery, which leaves the risk that some of the cancer remains. Because of the ability to trace and remove all of the cancer in one procedure, Mohs is known as the treatment with the highest cure rate for skin cancer.
Who is a candidate for Mohs?
Mohs surgery is not the proper treatment for all skin cancers, but is best for cancer that is reoccurring after previous treatment, has a higher risk for reoccurrence, or is located in areas of the body where, due to function or for cosmetic reasons, maximum preservation of healthy tissue is critical (such as near the eyes, nose, hands, feet and genitals). Your dermatologist can help determine which treatment is best for you.
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at Truyu Aesthetic Center. The procedure often lasts three or four hours, but can take longer depending on the extent of the removal needed. Since the cancer is analyzed and removed during surgery, it is hard to understand the extent of the procedure beforehand, as more “roots” of the cancer may be discovered.
Dr. Bishr Al Dabagh performs all Mohs surgeries at Truyu. He is fellowship trained in Mohs surgery and accredited through the American College of Mohs Surgery.
Details on MOHS Surgery
To schedule an appointment for Mohs surgery, please call 701.780.6623.