What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Developed by Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure has the highest success rate of all skin cancer treatments. Mohs surgery enables physicians to accurately identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Because the procedure is so precise, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.
With the Mohs technique, physicians examine skin tissue under a microscope, which enables them to see beyond the clinically visible disease and to remove the tumor one layer at a time while leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact.
Why does Mohs surgery have such a high success rate?
The Mohs surgery process features a systematic microscopic search that traces skin cancer down to its roots, and therefore offers the highest chance for complete removal of the tumor while sparing the normal tissue surrounding it.
As a Mohs surgeon, Dr. Kampp is a highly trained specialists in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction. In addition to completing a three-year dermatology residency, Dr. Kampp completed a one-year fellowship for Mohs surgery under the mentorship of a Mohs College member.
What types of skin cancer does Mohs Surgery treat?
The Mohs technique is the preferred treatment for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas because it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery. It is primarily used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas, but it can also be used to treat melanoma.
Mohs Surgery is appropriate when:
- the cancer is in an area where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for maximum functional and cosmetic result, such as eyelids, nose, ears, lips, fingers, toes, genitals
- the cancer was treated previously and recurred
- scar tissue exists in the area of the cancer
- the cancer is large
- the edges of the cancer cannot be clearly defined
- the cancer is growing rapidly or uncontrollably
About the Mohs procedure
Most Mohs procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at the physician's office. It can usually be completed in one day, depending on the size of the tumor. The patient can remain awake during the procedure and local anesthesia is administered.