Mohs Surgery

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs (pronounced Moes) surgery is a highly specialized way to totally remove skin cancer. This method is unique because it involves microscopic examination of all removed tissue and detailed mapping. As a result, the surgeon can remove cancer invisible to the naked eye while greatly limiting damage to healthy skin.

Mohs surgery cures up to 99% of skin cancer—and is still highly effective when other treatments have failed.

Used to treat skin cancer, this surgery has a unique benefit. During surgery, the surgeon can see where the cancer stops. This isn’t possible with other types of treatment for skin cancer.

Mohs allows you to keep as much healthy skin as possible because the surgeon only removes the skin with cancer cells. This is especially important when skin cancer develops in an area with little tissue beneath (e.g., eyelid, ear, or hand).

View this American Academy of Mohs Surgery video to learn more about Mohs micrographic surgery, what to expect, and why to choose a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon.

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When is Mohs recommended?

Most Mohs patients have a common type of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma(SCC). Mohs is usually recommended when a BCC or SCC:

  • Is aggressive or large
  • Appears in an area with little tissue beneath it (e.g., eyelid, nose, ear, scalp, genitals, hand, or foot)
  • Was treated and has returned

Mohs is also used to treat some rare skin cancers like DFSP, extramammary Paget’s disease, and Merkel cell carcinoma.