Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery is a highly effective and precise skin cancer treatment. Ideal candidates include patients with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or skin tumors in critical areas like the face, hands, or genitals. During the procedure, layers of cancerous tissue are removed one at a time and immediately examined under a microscope until no cancer cells remain, sparing healthy tissue.

Mohs Surgery: Explained

Mohs surgery is a specialized and compassionate approach to treating specific skin cancers, offering hope and healing to patients. It is particularly effective for skin cancers with ill-defined borders or sensitive areas, such as the face, ears, and hands. Common skin cancers treated with Mohs surgery include basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and, less frequently, melanoma. During Mohs surgery, the surgeon removes thin layers of cancerous tissue one at a time, carefully examining each layer under a microscope. This meticulous process continues until no cancer cells remain, preserving healthy tissue and minimizing scarring. Expect a thorough consultation with the surgeon, who will explain the procedure and answer any questions to ease anxieties. Recovery from Mohs surgery is generally well-tolerated, with minimal downtime. Patients may experience redness, swelling, and discomfort, which should subside over time. The compassionate care provided by the surgical team ensures patients feel supported throughout the process, promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Prognosis and Treatment

Mohs surgery is a precise and effective treatment for certain skin cancers, offering a favorable prognosis. During the procedure, layers of cancerous tissue are removed and immediately examined under a microscope, ensuring the surgeon targets only affected areas, sparing healthy tissue.

Mohs surgery significantly boosts cure rates (e.g., 99% for basal cell carcinoma) and minimizes scarring. Recovery is typically swift, with patients resuming regular activities soon after. However, redness, swelling, and discomfort are typical while healing. Though Mohs surgery boasts impressive benefits, potential risks exist. Infection at the surgical site is a possibility but rare. Additionally, nerve damage might lead to temporary or permanent loss of sensation. Lastly, cosmetic concerns can arise, especially when treating cancers in visible areas like the face. However, our skilled surgeon can mitigate these risks, maximizing successful outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. Call (270) 444-8477 to make an appointment with our double board-certified Mohs surgeon at Paducah Dermatology to discuss Mohs Surgery at our Paducah, KY office.