Mohs surgery is considered the most effective technique for treating the two most common types of skin cancer. Sometimes called Mohs micrographic surgery, the procedure is done in stages, including lab work, while the patient waits. This allows the removal of all cancerous cells for the highest cure rate while sparing healthy tissue and leaving the smallest possible scar.
The "Gold Standard"
There are several methods for the treatment of skin cancers and it is important to understand the differences between your options. Nonsurgical treatments include cryotherapy (deep freezing), topical creams and radiation therapy. The three surgical methods include simple excision, physical destruction (curettage with electrodesiccation) and the specialized Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Your skin cancer may not require Mohs, but depending on several factors it is often considered the “gold standard” for treatment.
Mohs surgery is unique in its precision. Instead of removing the whole clinically visible tumor and a large area of normal-appearing skin around it, the Mohs surgeon removes the minimum amount of healthy tissue and totally removes the cancer. Thin layers of tissue are systematically excised and examined under a microscope for malignant cells. When all areas of tissue are tumor-free, surgery is complete.
The technique has several major advantages. It preserves more normal tissue than any other method while at the same time allowing the surgeon to trace and eradicate areas of tumor that are invisible to the naked eye. The Mohs surgeon, after examining the tissue under a microscope, knows exactly how far the tumor extends. As a result, Mohs surgery is particularly suitable for the area around the eyes, and the nose, ears and mouth where the preservation of normal tissue is essential. Lastly, when other standard methods have been unsuccessful, Mohs surgery offers another chance for cure.
The procedure does not require general anesthesia, which permits its use on many patients who are poor candidates for conventional surgery. Most patients do not have to be hospitalized and can be managed on an outpatient basis. The surgery can usually be completed in half a day or less.
Why choose Dr. Jared Scott for your Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon?
Jared Scott, MD has performed over 7,000 Mohs surgeries and reconstructive cases. While any Board Certified Dermatologist may perform Mohs surgery, Dr. Scott completed an additional one year intensive training fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, under supervision of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) and an ACMS approved Mohs and Reconstructive surgeon. The ACMS is the ONLY organization that requires a rigorous application and review process, an additional 1 to 2 years of training after completing a Dermatology residency, and participation in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases. The ACMS has and continues to set the highest standards of patient care relating to the management of skin cancers, Mohs surgery and reconstruction through its fellowship training process. To find out more about the American College of Mohs Surgery and Why to Choose a Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon visit www.skincancermohssurgery.org.