Thursday, May 22, 2014
Learn About the Mohs Surgery & Skin Cancer Center
By: Total Skin and Beauty (Gary D. Monheit, MD in photo)
Mohs micrography surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. The procedure was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin, and it is now practiced throughout the world.
Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue, so that all “roots” and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. Due to the methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined, Mohs surgery has been recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate.
Some skin cancers can be deceptively large and far more extensive under the skin than they appear to be from the surface. These cancers may have “roots” in the skin or along blood vessels, nerves or cartilage. Skin cancers that have recurred following previous treatment may send out extensions deep under the scar tissue that has formed at the site.
Mohs surgery is specifically designed to remove these cancers by tracking and removing these cancerous “roots.” For this reason, prior to Mohs surgery, it is impossible to predict precisely how much skin will have to be removed. The final surgical defect could be only slightly larger than the initial skin cancer, but occasionally the removal of the deep “roots” of a skin cancer results in a sizeable defect. The patient should bear in mind that Mohs surgery removes only the cancerous tissue, while normal tissue is spared.
Dr. Monheit is a leader in the dermatology community when it comes to skin cancer and Mohs surgery. He trained with Dr. Mohs and established the first center for Mohs surgery in Alabama. He has trained fellows for the past 20 years, and his graduates practice the surgery worldwide.
The Mohs Surgery & Skin Cancer Center at Total Skin & Beauty is a state-of-the-art facility with a dedicated staff for skin cancer removal via the Mohs technique, reconstruction and personalized patient care. With more than 2,000 patients treated a year, our center has the experience and expertise for predictable cures and quality care.