Mohs Micrographic surgery involves surgically removing skin cancers layer by layer. The physician then examines the tissue under a microscope and continues this process until only cancer free tissue remains. This technique is the most exact and precise method of tumor removal. It lessens the chance of cancer regrowth, leaves the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed and intact, and also allows for the least amount of scarring possible.
Mohs surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed in a physician’s office. Typically the surgery can be completed the same day, depending on the extent of the tumor and the amount or reconstruction necessary. Local anesthesia is administered around the area of the tumor so the patient is awake during the entire procedure.