What Is Mohs Surgery?

MOHs surgeryIf you think you may have a possible skin cancer, you want the most advanced treatment available, with the highest cure rate, while minimizing the loss of your normal tissues. This goes without saying. Mohs micrographic surgery is the cutting-edge in skin cancer treatments and Dr. Quintana is one of the highly specialized surgeons who offers this skin cancer treatment.

Today, Mohs surgery is the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell and Squamous Cell carcinomas, the two most common skin cancers. Dr. Frederick Mohs developed the technique in the 1930s, and it continues to stand the test of time.

How is Mohs surgery done?

  • Mohs surgery removes the cancer cells while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue. Basal and Squamous cell cancer cure rates are 98% percent or higher with Mohs – significantly higher than the rates for any other method.
  • Mohs differs from other techniques in that microscopic examination of the excised tissue occurs during rather than after the surgery. This eliminates the need for the surgeon to estimate the depth of the cancer cells. This is the key to the success of the Mohs procedure.
  • During Mohs surgery, one thin layer of tissue is removed at a time. As each layer is removed, its margins are studied under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. If the margins are cancer-free, the surgery ends. If the margins are not cancer-free, additional tissue is removed, and the procedure is repeated until clear, cancer-free margins are obtained. The guesswork is eliminated, and the most optimum surgical and cosmetic results are obtained.

At Laser & Mohs Dermatology, we employ a state-of-the-art Mohs laboratory, which, coupled with Dr. Quintana’s many years of experience as a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, offers unparalleled skin cancer treatment and care. We are your Mohs skin cancer treatment specialists.

If you have a suspicious mole or growth, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today: (212) 391-8600.

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