Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

It’s Fast, Accurate and Highly Effective
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:44am
Dr. Bax explains the benefits of Mohs surgery for treating skin cancer, and what to expect before, during and after the procedure.
A look at Mohs surgery procedure steps.
View the infographic for a closer look at Mohs surgery procedure steps.

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer in the world. In fact, these cases outnumber all other types of cancer combined. Luckily, most forms of skin cancer are easy to treat if caught early. 

Mohs surgery is the gold standard for removing the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It offers the highest cure rate while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible — smaller incisions equal less scarring.

Also, unlike other skin cancer surgeries, Mohs is completed in just one day. It is an outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthesia. That means treatment and recovery are quick, painless and easy. 

How It Works

In Mohs surgery, thin layers of tissue are shaved off and examined immediately under a microscope. If the tissue is cancer-free, the procedure is complete. If cancer cells remain, the process continues until the sample is clear. Because of the way we process the tissue samples, looking at 100 percent of the margin, we know for certain when we’ve removed all the cancer cells.

Before any surgery, it's important to understand the process and prepare for the procedure. Watch the video above to learn more about what to expect before, during and after Mohs surgery.