Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique used to track and remove skin cancer. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible while doing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins).
Each Henghold Dermatology Mohs surgeon is fellowship trained as a Mohs and reconstructive surgeon and as a pathologist. Their rigorous training is what sets us apart and is what is driving our success in the skin cancer curing business.
Due to the methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined, Mohs surgery is recognized as the most effective treatment for skin cancer!
Mohs surgery has a cure rate of up to 99%, as compared to a cure rate of 85% to 92% for standard skin cancer removal surgery. This procedures success rate often results in patients requiring only a single surgery for complete removal of skin cancer.
Our surgeons also provide Mohs surgery for melanoma, a unique service which is provided in only certain areas of the country. We have performed this intricate and complex technique since 2007 and have perfected its application so as to provide thousands of patients effective cure rates with minimal scarring.
While the majority of this service is used for patients with melanoma in situ (less invasive), our surgeons also collaborate with other surgeons who specialize in sentinel lymph node biopsies to treat more invasive melanoma skin cancers. This provides our patients with the best of both worlds because they benefit from obtaining further staging with a sentinel lymph node biopsy performed by a collaborative surgeon and then removal of the local disease performed by one of our surgeons utilizing the Mohs procedure.