Mohs surgery is a surgical technique for precisely removing skin cancers; it is named after its founder Dr. Fredric Mohs. It is mainly performed on certain basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but can be performed on other skin cancers as well. During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined by the surgeon under the microscope until all the cancer is gone. Once the cancer is removed, the area is typically repaired with stitches.
When performed by an experienced surgeon, Mohs surgery offers the highest cancer cure rate while minimizing removal of the surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthetic adding to the safety of this procedure. One of our dermatologists can let you know when Mohs surgery is right for you. For a detailed description of the Mohs surgery procedure click here or Download our Mohs information packet
Watch this Fox9 story about patient Allison Crandall including her actual surgery. Allison was diagnosed and treated for melanoma at our Eagan office.