Moh’s Surgery

Mohs SurgeryIf you have a spot on your skin that you feel may be cancerous, it can be easy to start worrying. There are many warnings about wearing sunscreen and avoiding skin cancer, and it can be a little scary to discover that you might have gotten that fearful thing.

But, before you let worry take over, it’s important to understand that there are different types of skin cancer, and many can be safely removed. Keep reading to learn about the Moh’s surgery procedure, and how it can be used to help remove cancerous spots from your skin.

Step 1

Roots of skin cancer can extend beyond the visible portion of the tumor, and it’s important to collect all of the pertinent tissue for your health. If the roots aren’t fully removed, the cancer will return. The surgery starts with your provider examining the visible lesion and determining what tissue to remove. You have local anesthesia provided before the surgery starts.

Step 2

We remove the visible portion of the tumor using careful surgical techniques.

Step 3

We then remove a slightly deeper layer of skin and divide it up into sections. These sections are then color-coded with different dyes. Additionally, we make marks on the skin to show the source of each section. A map of the surgical site is then drawn up so we can track exactly where each portion of tissue came from.

Step 4

In a laboratory, your provider will use a microscope to examine the undersurface and edges of each section of tissue, looking for any signs of cancer.

Step 5

If we find more cancer cells under the microscope, we mark their location on the map and return to the patient to remove another slightly deeper layer of skin.

Step 6

The removal process stops when there is no longer any evidence of cancer in the surgical site. Because Moh’s surgery removes only the tissue containing cancer, it makes the smallest scar and leaves the most healthy skin behind.

If you’re interested in learning more about Moh’s surgery and how we can help with your skin cancer treatment, give us a call at (212) 249-0066 to schedule a consultation today.

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