Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a specialized surgical technique used to treat skin cancer, particularly those with a high risk of recurrence or located in cosmetically sensitive areas. During the procedure, a thin layer of skin is removed and examined under a microscope to check for cancer cells. If cancer cells are found, another layer of skin is removed and examined, and the process is repeated until no more cancer cells are present. This technique allows for precise removal of cancerous tissue while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible, leading to high cure rates and good cosmetic outcomes. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is often performed by dermatologists who have undergone additional specialized training.
What should I expect?
During Mohs micrographic surgery, the patient can expect to receive local anesthesia, which will numb the area being treated. The surgeon will then remove a thin layer of the visible tumor and examine it under a microscope. This process is repeated until the surgeon has removed all of the cancerous tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact.
After the procedure, the patient will likely have a dressing or bandage placed over the surgical site, and they will need to keep the area clean and dry while it heals. It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort or pain following Mohs surgery, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications as prescribed by the surgeon.
The patient should avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and bending for several days following the procedure to allow the wound to heal properly. They may also need to attend follow-up appointments with their surgeon to monitor the healing process and ensure that there are no complications.