Removing every trace of skin cancer is the key to preventing recurrences of this deadly disease. The Mohs surgical technique allows dermatologists to precisely target only the areas of the skin affected by skin cancer. Robert Siragusa, MD, Charles Kovaleski, MD, and Bret Johnson, MD, your Panama City dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, answer a few questions about the surgery.
What's different about Mohs surgery?
Traditional surgery for skin cancer involves removing not only the cancerous skin but a significant area of healthy skin surrounding it. During a Moh's surgical procedure, your dermatologist removes cancerous skin one layer at a time and uses a microscope to confirm that every trace of the cancer has been removed. This innovative technique not only improves the cure rate but also results in a smaller scar.
When is Mohs surgery recommended?
Mohs surgery is commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell skin cancer your head, face, necks, hands, feet or genitals.
What happens during surgery?
After you receive a local anesthetic to numb your skin, your doctor will remove small areas of the tumor layer by layer and examine each layer under a microscope before removing the next layer. When he no longer sees any evidence of cancer, surgery will be over. If the surgical site was small, no stitches may be needed. Larger sites may require stitches or skin grafts.
How long does recovery from Mohs surgery take?
Most people don't experience much pain after Mohs surgery. If you do experience pain, acetaminophen can help you feel more comfortable. Some scarring is inevitable, although thanks to the skin-sparing techniques used in Mohs surgery, your scar will be smaller and less noticeable.
Are you concerned about a mole or spot on your skin? Call your Panama City Dermatologists Drs. Siragusa, Kovaleski and Johnson at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City at (850) 769-7546 and schedule an appointment today.