How Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery Performed?

Each year, many people in the US develop skin cancer, especiallybasal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Thankfully, Mohsmicrographicsurgery can treat these cancers successfully,as long asan early diagnosis is made. But what is the procedure like, and how is Mohsmicrographic surgery performed.

Mohs micrographic surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized procedure that is exceptionally effective fortreating BCC and SCC, particularly in sensitive areas such as the face and hands. Mohs surgery employs precise, microscopic control to eradicate skin cancer, leaving behind only a very small wound.

Mohs surgery is effective, because it gets rid of the microscopic cancer cells that can’t be seen externally. Mohs surgery can identify and remove these tiny cancer cells, which is why it has such a high cure rate.

How is Mohs Micrographic surgery performed?
Mohs micrographic surgery is an outpatient procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The operation is performed in several stages. The surgeon will first excise the tumor, along with a thin layer of tissue. The layer of tissue is divided and analyzed under the microscope, while the patient waits on the results. The surgeon color-codes the specimen and maps the surgical site.

The microscopic analysis of the tissue is done to see if there are roots indicating that cancer cells are still present. If there are, the surgeon will mark their location on the map, recall the patient, and remove another layer of skin. The process is repeated until the cancer cells are all gone. The wound is then closed with stitches or may be left open to heal.

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