Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized form of skin cancer surgery that provides the highest cure rate for skin cancers such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Like standard skin cancer excision, the procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. Unlike standard skin cancer excision, Mohs surgery allows the surgeon to inspect the entirety of the tissue edges during the course of the surgery and minimize the amount of normal tissue removed. Because of these specific advantages, Mohs micrographic surgery is considered the surgery of choice for skin cancers located in important areas of the body such as the face and hands. Skin cancers must meet specific criteria for Mohs surgery to be performed.
Mohs surgery is an office procedure that requires a higher level of expertise and skill than a standard skin cancer excision. The surgeon must have the knowledge required to read skin tissue specimens accurately as well as the skill to remove and repair the tissue surgically. Both skills are equally important for optimal removal of the skin cancer. Because of the complex nature of the procedure, Mohs surgery may take many hours to complete. It is important to choose a dermatologist who has formalized fellowship training in Mohs surgery. Dr. Tzu is one of very few dermatologists in the world who has received formalized fellowship training in both dermatopathology (reading of tissue specimens) and Mohs surgery. Dr. Tzu is officially board certified as a dermatopathologist as well. At Wall Street Dermatology, we go above and beyond to offer the highest level of expertise and care for your skin.
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