MOHS MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY
The Gold Standard Treatment for Skin Cancer
This is highly-evolved cancer treatment promises the highest rate of cure, the best immediate and long-term safety record, and the most optimal outcomes for skin cancers that occur in critical areas of the body, including eyelids, lips, ears, nose, genitalia, hands, and others. When a skin cancer develops, even if it is previously treated and returns, Mohs surgery can tackle it effectively and with the best chance for cure. The training for a Mohs surgeon is rigorous and the entire Mohs technical and nursing team work together to achieve your success. You want us in your corner!
Mohs surgery is the only method of skin cancer removal that involves direct examination of the complete margin of the removed tissue by the surgeon during surgery. While that may sound surprising (for example, why isn't that the case with all cancer treatments?), read more to learn about why it's so unique and valuable for anyone with skin cancer.
Q: What credentials should I verify when selecting my Mohs surgeon?
A: It is very important to understand that the American College of Mohs Surgery is the only organization that requires its members to have successfully completed an extensive fellowship. This is a requirement that a credentialed ACMS Mohs surgeon successfully completes at least one full year of training, personally performs hundreds of complex cases and receives unique hands-on experience provided only by qualified Mohs and plastic surgeons. This coveted fellowship is awarded through strict competition to only the top-finishing surgeons after they have successfully completing their years of dermatology or plastic surgery residency training. This ensures that you will have the most capable surgeon for this particularly complex combination of histopathologic assessment and reconstructive tissue repair.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, discuss your treatment plan carefully with your doctor, check to see if your cancer can be treated with Mohs surgery (other options are not as successful, and some can be harmful), and make sure that your surgeon has the credentials for this complex but incredibly successful treatment. When in doubt, call or email the American College of Mohs surgery, or check their website for a listing of fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in your area. (Click on the "Mohs Surgery" button below to access the ACMS website.)