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Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Surgery is a specialized procedure that treats skin cancer by removing the affected tissue layer by layer. It is named in honor of Frederick Mohs, a surgeon who pioneered the procedure in the 1930s.
How it works
Many skin cancers are often described as having "roots," whereby cancerous cells extend beyond the visible borders of the tumor. By using the Mohs Surgery technique, the borders of the tumor are removed and examined, layer by layer, to make sure these "roots" are also removed. The technique allows for the removal of the least amount of tissue with the highest possible cure rate. Mohs surgery has a cure rate that approaches 99 percent for primary (never treated) basal cell carcinomas. For recurrent tumors, the cure rate of Mohs Surgery is 95 percent (compared to 80 percent with other methods of treatment).
If this is your first time having Mohs surgery, Dr. Shapiro would like to meet with you prior to having the procedure done. This will allow him to examine your skin cancer, obtain a medical history, and determine whether the technique of Mohs Surgery would be the best treatment for your individual case. It will also allow you to learn about the procedure and ask any questions that you may have.
Michael Shapiro, MD
FAAD, ASDS, ACMS
“My goal is to reassure all my patients that they are receiving the benefits of the highest level of
training and experience plus the hands-on care of a very approachable physician.”
His staff was courteous and attended to every detail of my procedure.
Dr. Shapiro should be commended for his knowledge, professionalism and compassion. His staff was courteous and attended to every detail of my procedure. I plan to continue with him as my dermatologist for all my future needs.