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Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery is a safe and highly effective technique for removal of skin cancer under complete microscopic control. Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue, so that all "roots" and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. After removal of a minimal area of skin around the visible skin cancer, a detailed map is drawn of the area, and 100% of the tissue margins are examined under the microscope.

If any cancer remains, that exact area of involvement is sampled and the entire process is repeated until the cancer is completely eradicated. Due to this methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined, Mohs surgery has been recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate.

Another advantage is that it is tissue-sparing. This means that because the surgeon is able to see exactly where the cancerous cells are, he or she need remove only the cancerous tissue and can stop at the point where healthy tissue begins. Therefore, the technique is usually reserved for skin cancers that appear on parts of the body where it would be particularly undesirable to remove excess tissue in an effort to "get it all". These include the face, ears, neck, scalp, hands and feet.


George E. Burns, M.D

Dr. Burns has achieved the highest degree of Mohs surgery qualificationby completing a full year American College of Mohs Surgery. For you this means peace of mind, knowing that you will receive superior quality and competency, as well as optimal outcome.