Mohs surgery was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs as a treatment for skin cancer in the late 1930s. Over the years, Mohs surgery has been embraced as the single most effective technique for removing skin cancers.
In fact, studies show Mohs surgery has a 98 percent or higher success rate for treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancers.
The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove all of the skin cancer while preserving as much of the surrounding healthy tissue as possible. Unlike traditional surgery, which involves removing the visible cancer as well as the surrounding healthy tissue, Mohs surgeons inspect each layer of skin for cancer. This not only ensures all traces of the skin cancer are removed but no healthy skin is removed unnecessarily.
Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis by a licensed dermatologist. Sometimes, if the resulting skin defect is in a cosmetically sensitive location, or the defect requires extensive reconstruction, your Mohs surgeon will refer you to someone with expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Our team at Hampton Roads ENT~Allergy offers reconstructive surgery to ensure that patients who’ve received Mohs surgery can heal and get back to feeling like themselves.