What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized skin cancer removal technique first developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederick Mohs.

During Mohs surgery, the skin cancer is surgically removed and carefully mapped, inked, and processed on microscope slides. The Mohs surgeon then evaluates 100% of the deep and peripheral margins under the microscope. This process is repeated if skin cancer cells are seen under the microscope. Each time tissue is removed is called a “stage”. The Mohs surgery technique removes the least amount of skin to clear the skin cancer and ensures that the tumor is completely removed before repairing the skin defect (unlike a standard surgical excision).

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Here is a fantastic video describing the process:

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