Mohs surgery is a highly specialized, precision surgical technique used to treat certain skin cancers, often the best procedure for facial cancers. The procedure involves carefully removing cancerous, preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. This process eradicates cancerous cells while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy skin.
How Does Mohs surgery work?
During Mohs surgery, the surgeon removes the visible tumour and a thin layer of surrounding tissue. The removed tissue is immediately examined under a microscope to identify cancer cells. If cancer cells are still present in the margins of the removed tissue, the surgeon proceeds to remove another layer from the affected area. This process is repeated until the tissue samples are clear of cancer cells, indicating the tumour has been fully removed.
The meticulous examination of tissue layers during the surgery allows for the precise removal of cancerous cells, minimizing the removal of healthy tissue and reducing the size of the surgical site for less significant scarring. Mohs surgery offers a high cure rate, making it an ideal choice for skin cancers in cosmetically and functionally sensitive areas, including eyes, nose, ears, lips, and scalp.