Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective treatment in the removal of cancerous skin cells. A board-certified dermatologist performs the surgical excision of the skin cancer to progressively remove and examine each individual layer to ensure all skin cancer cells have been removed. The overall goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the cancerous skin cells as possible, while doing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Mohs surgery is also known as chemosurgery and was developed by general surgeon, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs in 1938. Before Mohs surgery was used as a common practice, a standard surgery using local excisions was performed. The visible cancer and a small margin of healthy tissue were removed all at once. Mohs surgery is a great improvement from that antiqued surgery, because it allows surgeons to verify that all cancer cells have been removed at the time of surgery, which increases the chances of a cancer-free skin zone, reduces the need for additional surgeries, and eliminates a patient sacrificing healthy skin cells.
Dr. Rokhsar is a special, fellowship-trained dermatologist who has had extensive experience in Mohs micrographic surgery. A fellowship is a medical training program that offers in-depth advanced training. A dermatologist considers many factors before determining the type of treatment a patient should undergo when they are tested positive for skin cancer. Factors to take into consideration include, the type of skin cancer, whether or not the cancer has spread and how quickly, and where the cancerous cells are located on the body.