A diagnosis of skin cancer can be frightening. It is important to know your options. Not all treatments for skin cancer are the same. Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery is a process that will remove all the cancer, minimize the risk of recurrence, and leave the smallest scar possible. And that is what you want to hear when you a facing a cancer treatment! “Mohs” (Moe-zz) is most commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas. It is my treatment of choice for skin cancers that:

  • Are located on parts of the body such as the nose, eye, ear, lip, or hands
  • Have recurred after previous treatment and are likely to recur
  • The margin or edges of the tumor cannot be easily defined
  • Grow rapidly or are large

Mohs skin cancer surgery is an advanced technique for treating skin cancer developed by Frederic E. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin. The technique requires highly specialized training and experience. The Mohs process allows me to remove thin slices of cancerous tissue which I immediately examine under a microscope. Additional slices are taken until the entire tumor is gone. If you are a patient at Summit, I will be your surgeon, pathologist, and in most cases do your reconstruction if necessary. In the case of a large cancer with a large defect, Dr. Edward Ricciardelli our board certified plastic surgeon will reconstruct the area.

Most surgery is performed in our office with local anesthesia injected into the area. The procedure usually lasts several hours. I recommend that you get a good night’s sleep before your surgery. Eat breakfast. It might be a long day. Take your regular medications unless we tell you otherwise. Bring something to do or read. Feel free to bring a friend or relative as company.

A diagnosis of skin cancer can be frightening. It is important to know your options. Not all treatments for skin cancer are the same. Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery is a process that will remove all the cancer, minimize the risk of recurrence, and leave the smallest scar possible. And that is what you want to hear when you a facing a cancer treatment! “Mohs” (Moe-zz) is most commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas. It is my treatment of choice for skin cancers that:

  • Are located on parts of the body such as the nose, eye, ear, lip, or hands
  • Have recurred after previous treatment and are likely to recur
  • The margin or edges of the tumor cannot be easily defined
  • Grow rapidly or are large

Mohs skin cancer surgery is an advanced technique for treating skin cancer developed by Frederic E. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin. The technique requires highly specialized training and experience. The Mohs process allows me to remove thin slices of cancerous tissue which I immediately examine under a microscope. Additional slices are taken until the entire tumor is gone. If you are a patient at Summit, I will be your surgeon, pathologist, and in most cases do your reconstruction if necessary. In the case of a large cancer with a large defect, Dr. Edward Ricciardelli our board certified plastic surgeon will reconstruct the area.

Most surgery is performed in our office with local anesthesia injected into the area. The procedure usually lasts several hours. I recommend that you get a good night’s sleep before your surgery. Eat breakfast. It might be a long day. Take your regular medications unless we tell you otherwise. Bring something to do or read. Feel free to bring a friend or relative as company.

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