Advantages of Mohs Surgery

November 12, 2012

Advantages of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is a fairly new surgical technique that allows cancerous skin to be removed with minimal healthy skin tissue being removed with it. This offers a number of advantages.

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs stands for micrographic surgery and is the latest method of removing cancerous skin tissue. Previously to be sure that all of the cancer was removed a large area of skin surrounding the cancerous part was also cut out. Whilst this was an effective method in removing the entire cancerous area, is led to the requirement of further treatments in the form of skin grafts to replace the affected area as well as large areas of permanent scar tissue. The primary advantage of Mohs surgery is that through the use of a grid technique that highlights to the surgeon the exact location of the cancerous area. This allows for minimal tissue to be removed and in many cases leaves next to no scarring. As the area is so small any skin grafts that are required can be done at the same time. Patients who have undergone this form of surgery have been very pleased with the results, claiming that they have either no scar tissue or such as small area that they don’t even notice it.

How the procedure works

During the Mohs surgery to remove an area of skin cancer the surgeon will begin by focusing on the centre of the cancerous part. Skin tissue is removed section by section and is tested as it is removed. The surgeon will slowly work outwards until he reaches the outer edges and all of the cancerous skin has been removed. The method is a very exact form of surgery that allows the healthy skin to be left complete alone. The previous method of skin cancer surgery had a high success rate but the advantage of Mohs surgery is that is not only has a high success rate but the lasting effects of the surgery are minimal.

Types of skin cancer

There are a number of different kinds of skin cancers but there are three forms that are considered common and for which this surgery is used to treat. The most common form is called Basal Cell Carcinoma and fortunately is the least severe. It affects the surface of the skin and is fairly easy to treat. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is more severe and is progresses faster than Basal Cell Carcinoma. The most severe form of skin cancer is known as Melanomas. These spread and develop much more quickly and affect the layers found deeper in the skin.

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