Approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all cancers combined.
The best treatment for skin cancer is Mohs micrographic surgery. Named after Dr. Fredrick Mohs who developed this technique, it is a specialized method of removing skin cancers with a cure rate of 99.9% for skin cancer that has not been treated before. Our Mohs surgeon Dr. James Tidwell is an expert at treating skin cancers with this method being trained by Dr. Hugh Greenway who was trained by Dr. Mohs himself in the procedure.
What is Mohs surgery?
What does Mohs mean?
Why remove skin cancers with Mohs micrographic surgery?
What happens during Mohs surgery?
What does it mean to be a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon?
Some common questions on the day of surgery:
Each layer of tissue examined takes about 45 mins to an hour to process. If cancer is still present, an additional micrographic layer is taken. Most tumors are cleared in 1 or 2 layers with the resulting repair taking 15 to 30 minutes.
We suggest patients bring a sweater or jacket because the surgery rooms are often kept at a cooler temperature. Shirts that button to allow for easy removal and into a gown are helpful for your convenience. A snack, book, and companion are often helpful as well.
BEFORE & AFTER
While Mohs surgery has many advantages, it may not be the right treatment for every patient or every instance of skin cancer. We consider many factors before determining if this surgery is the right one for you. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and want to discuss whether the Mohs process is appropriate for you, please call today or make an appointment online with with Dr. James Tidwell.