If you’re one of the more than 3 million people diagnosed with skin cancer this year, you have a lot of options for cancer removal, but only Mohs surgery offers precise tumor removal with minimal excision of healthy skin tissue. The expert dermatologists at Vanguard Dermatology offer Mohs surgery to remove melanoma as well as basal and squamous cell carcinomas at their seven locations in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York. Call Vanguard Dermatology or schedule a consultation online today for expert skin cancer diagnosis and treatment including Mohs surgery.
If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, excision is usually the best option for treatment. You have a variety of procedures to choose to range from cryotherapy to excision. However, Mohs surgery alone is a delicate microsurgery that effectively removes the cancerous growth with minimal damage and removal of your healthy skin tissue.
Mohs surgery is an excellent option if you have skin cancer on your face or neck, or on a part of your body where your skin is thin, such as your knee, elbow, or ankle.
Almost all patients are eligible for Mohs surgery. It’s minimally invasive and usually completed as an outpatient procedure with only a local anesthetic. If you’re not able to have local anesthetics or if you can’t take antibiotics, Mohs surgery may not be the best option for you.
When you have Mohs surgery, you undress enough to reveal the skin cancer lesion. Then your doctor drapes a surgical sheet over your body and cleanses and numbs the surgical site.
Your doctor performs Mohs surgery is in alternating steps of excision and lab review. Your surgeon uses a scalpel to cut a thin sliver of your skin cancer lesion. The tissue is then examined under a microscope to check for cancerous and noncancerous cells. Your doctor repeats this process until the tissue removed doesn’t include any cancerous cells. At that point, your surgery is complete, and, if necessary, your doctor closes your surgery site with a stitch.
Your Vanguard Dermatology doctor provides you with specific aftercare instructions. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least 48 hours after your surgery and keep the incision site clean and bandaged.
Your doctor also provides you with any medications and bandages necessary to take care of your surgical wound. You can use a cold compress or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce any postsurgical discomfort.
You have a follow-up appointment a few weeks after your surgery for your doctor to check on your surgical wound and provide any additional treatment or advice.
If you think you have skin cancer or have an abnormally shaped or colored mole, call Vanguard Dermatology today or schedule a consultation online for expert skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, including Mohs surgery.