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Mohs surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for removing skin cancers. It was developed in the 1930's by Dr. Frederick Mohs at the University of Wisconsin and is now practiced throughout the world. Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancer tissue so that all roots and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rate of all treatments for skin cancer.
Treating all skin cancers with Mohs surgery is not necessary. Mohs surgery is reserved for skin cancers that grow back after previous treatment, cancers that are at high risk of recurring, or cancers that are located in cosmetic areas where preservation of the maximum amount of normal skin is important. Physicians who have the training, surgical and laboratory facilities, and staff to perform this specialized technique practice Mohs surgery.
Some skin cancers are deceptively large—far bigger under the skin than they appear to be from the surface. These cancers may have "roots" in the skin or along blood vessels, nerves or cartilage. Also, skin cancers that recur after previous treatments may send out extensions deep under the scar tissue that has formed. Mohs surgery is specifically designed to remove these cancers by tracking and removing these cancerous roots".
There are three steps involved in Mohs surgery:
Most cases can be completed in three or fewer stages, requiring less than four hours. However, no one can predict how extensive a cancer will be because the size of the skin cancer's "roots" cannot be estimated in advance. We therefore ask that you reserve the entire day for surgery, in case additional surgical sessions are required.
Yes. Any form of surgery leaves a scar. Mohs surgery, however, will leave one of the smallest possible Surgical defects, and therefore a smaller final scar.
When the cancer is removed, Dr. Farah will discuss your options with you.
These may include:
Most patients do not complain of significant pain. If there is discomfort, Tylenol is usually all that is Necessary for relief. However, stronger pain medications will be prescribed when needed. You may Have some bruising and swelling around the wound, especially if surgery is being done close to the eyes.
Most insurance policies cover the cost of Mohs surgery and the surgical reconstruction of the wound. Please check with your insurance carrier for exact information relating to your surgery. Dr. Farah accepts Medicare assignment for cancer surgery.
Get a good night's rest and eat normally the day of surgery. If you are taking prescription medications, continue to take them unless otherwise directed. However, avoid taking medication that contained aspirin for ten days before you surgery. Also please do not take any aspirin substitutes, such as Advil, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, etc. within 24 hours of surgery. You may, however, take Tylenol any time before surgery. You may want to bring a book or magazine with you to occupy your time while waiting for your slides to be processed and examined. Also Dr. Farah recommends that you arrange for some to drive you home after surgery is completed.