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Mohs skin cancer surgery

Mohs skin cancer surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today.

What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs surgery is the surgical removal of skin cancer along with the immediate microscopic analysis of the removed tissue and borders to ensure the complete removal of the malignant tissue.

In other words, the Mohs surgeon removes the first level of cancerous tissue and draws a corresponding diagram of the borders around the entire surgical area. A technician prepares a microscopic slide and the Mohs surgeon "reads" this slide during the procedure to determine which areas still contain cancer cells. This process is repeated until all cancerous "roots" have been completely removed and the borders are clear. When this is achieved, the surgeon closes the area using one of a variety of reconstruction techniques.

Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs in the early 1940s, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment that has been continuously refined over 50 years. However, Mohs skin cancer surgery really took off in the late 1980's.

Mohs surgery is performed by specially trained surgeons who have completed at least one additional year of fellowship training (in addition to the physician's three-year dermatology residency) under the guidance of a Mohs College member.

With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. These physicians are specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction.

Mohs is the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas because it relies on the accuracy of immediate microscopic analysis to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery. This exact and precise method of tumor removal minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. This is why I had Mohs on my face.

Roy G. Geronemus, MD was my Mohs surgeon and I think he was one of 4 or 5 certified Mohs surgeons in NYC back in 1993. I was lucky to find him and he was terrific. The scar on my cheek has healed and is only slightly visible. It really could have been much worse.

My husband just went to Dr. Geronemus in January 2011 for the removal of a Basal Cell on his ear. He was very pleased with the service and professionalism with everyone in the office.

We highly recommend:

Roy G. Geronemus, MD

Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York

317 East 34th Street

New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-686-7306

Fax: 212-686-7305

If you need to have Mohs skin cancer surgery, find a Mohs surgeon in your area at The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS)

Mohs skin cancer surgery offers cure rates of 95 to 97 percent for Basal cell and Squamous cell skin cancers. Find out more about these cancers here:

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