Mohs Surgery
Dermatologist Scottsdale AZ
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Mohs Surgery


What is Mohs surgery?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Mohs micrographic surgery is considered the most effective technique for treating two of the most common types of skin cancer- basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).  Completed in-office, the procedure includes removal of cancerous cells and lab work during one appointment, allowing for the removal of all cancerous cells, sparing healthy tissue, and leaving the smallest scar.   

The procedure was developed in the late 1930s by Frederic E. Mohs, MD, and was advanced in the 1960s when Perry Robins, MD, became the first dermatologist to study the technique with Dr. Mohs.  Today, Mohs surgery is considered the “gold standard” for removing BCCs and SCCs.  

Physicians who perform Mohs surgery have specialized training and wear “multiple hats” during the procedure as the:

  1. Surgeon who removes the cancerous tissues
  2. Pathologist who analyzes the lab specimens
  3. Surgeon who closes or reconstructs the wound


What are the advantages Mohs surgery?
Seeking out a physician trained in Mohs surgery provides the patient several advantages, including:

  1. Efficient, cost-effective treatment: Mohs surgery is done in the physician’s office as an outpatient procedure in a single visit.  Lab work is completed on-site during the visit, and the procedure is completed under local anesthesia.
  2. Precise results: Healthy tissue is spared, and the resulting scar is as minimal as possible, while 100% of tumor margins have been examined.
  3. Highest cure rates:  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Mohs surgery results in a 99% cure rate for cancers never previously treated and 94% for a recurring cancer.


Mohs surgery is particularly in-demand for treatment of BCC and SCC occurring in cosmetically- and functionally-important areas around the eyes, nose, lips, ears, scalp, fingers, toes or genitals. 

We are committed to providing the most advanced and innovative medical skincare to our patients.  That’s why Valley of the Sun Dermatology includes one of the few certified Mohs surgeons in Arizona.  To learn more, schedule an appointment with us today. 


 
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