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Mohs Surgery

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Mohs Surgery

Visit Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio for trusted skin cancer treatments like Mohs Surgery.

Mohs Surgery

Successfully used to treat basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and some types of melanoma, Mohs surgery is widely considered to be one of the most precise surgeries for skin cancer. With Mohs Surgery, your surgeon carefully removes only the cancerous tissue while preserving healthy tissue. To confirm this, each layer removed is microscopically tested for cancerous cells before the next step of surgery proceeds. This procedure is also designed to ensure that all cancerous cells are being removed, resulting in a high success rate.

Its high cure rates and low recurrence rates result in Mohs surgery being one of the most recommended treatments for some types of skin cancer.

If you’ve been recommended Mohs surgery for skin cancer, contact our Mansfield, Ohio office to discuss your options.

Mohs Surgery FAQs

If Mohs surgery has been recommended for your skin cancer, it’s natural to have questions. Our board-certified dermatologists have collected some of the most commonly asked questions about Mohs surgery.

You should quit smoking or vaping as far in advance as possible before Mohs surgery, as they both negatively impact healing. Along those same lines, stop taking any pain reliever or supplement that thins the blood prior to surgery. Because the surgery is time-intensive, with protracted wait times while the tissue is being tested for cancer, you may want to bring a book or something to occupy you.

Our board-certified dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio will thoroughly discuss your upcoming Mohs surgery with you and how you need to prepare.

Typically the procedure takes 3-4 hours, but your dermatologist will likely recommend that you prepare to spend the entire day undergoing Mohs surgery just in case.

No. Mohs surgery is done with a local anesthetic. Due to the nature of the procedure there is no need for general anesthesia. Rarely, however, the doctor may prescribe a sedative, and in that case you’ll need to arrange for a ride home.

Mohs surgery is indicated for several types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and some melanomas. There are also some less common forms of skin cancer for which Mohs surgery is used.

While most people are able to resume normal activities the day after surgery, you should plan to take a day off just in case. Your surgeon will put a large bandage over the treatment area and, in most cases, you’ll be free to go home. You’ll need to leave the bandage on for 24 hours following surgery.

There are a few follow up requirements following Mohs surgery: depending on the size of the wound and the area that was treated, you’ll be asked to refrain from strenuous physical activity for anywhere from 7 to 21 days to allow your wound to heal.

Your dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio will fully discuss what to do and what to expect post-surgery.

Because the procedure is designed to leave as much healthy tissue as possible, scarring after Mohs surgery is minimal when compared to other types of surgery.

Mohs surgery is considered the “Gold Standard” of skin cancer surgeries. It has the lowest recurrence rate and the highest rate of complete cure.

Photos of Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Can Treat

Mohs surgery is recommended for certain types of skin cancer, most commonly superficial basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. It is also used to treat some melanomas and other less common types of skin cancer. The photos below show the types of skin cancer commonly treated with Mohs surgery.

Suspicious Mole Abnormal Color
Lentigo Maligna Melanoma On A Mans Forehead After A Biopsy. There Are Two Stitches Holding The Biopsy Site Together.
Basal Cell Carcinoma - Pre-removal Of A Suspicious Dark Brown Mole On The Abdomen Of A Young Woman.
Patient With A Benign Mole

Mohs Surgery at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, the team at Advanced Dermatology of North Central Ohio is here for you. Your board-certified dermatologist will discuss all the available treatment options, including Mohs surgery if indicated. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss Mohs surgery with our dermatologists, please contact our Mansville, Ohio office at (419) 756-1600.

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