Mohs surgery is the most effective way to thoroughly remove skin cancer and reduce your risk of recurrence. As a highly trained, board-certified Mohs surgeon, Lance Henry, MD of Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center offers Mohs micrographic procedures right in the office. His specialized Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas teams care for you every step of the way. If you have a history of skin cancer or need to have tissue removed, schedule an evaluation. Book your visit by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the clinic.
Mohs surgery is a highly technical and comprehensive treatment that involves delicately removing each layer of cancerous tissue, one by one. After your skin is thoroughly numbed, your Mohs surgeon carefully shaves off the visible portion of the tumor. The next step involves dividing the affected area into sections and mapping the roots of the tumor.
Your Mohs surgeon continues shaving off thin layers of cancerous tissue. Each time the tissue is removed, the doctor stops to look at it under a microscope. Your surgeon continues removing and evaluating tissue, layer by layer, until tissue specimens are free of cancerous cells.
Mohs surgery is often the “gold standard” for treating skin cancer, primarily because Dr. Henry can remove and evaluate tissue on the spot. This means that you won’t have to wait days or weeks to get lab results back. Since surgery isn’t complete until all cancerous cells are gone, your risk of recurrence in that area is drastically reduced.
Mohs surgery involves removing cancerous tissue and only a minimal amount of surrounding tissue. Therefore, the maximum possible amount of healthy tissue is left intact, allowing you to heal efficiently with little to no scarring.
Mohs surgery takes an extended period of time to perform, but most procedures are completed in a single day. However, you do need to plan on being in the office for most of the day.
The procedure only requires the use of local anesthesia, so you are awake during your Mohs surgery. With that being said, the team at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center often recommends having someone to drive you home at the end of the day.
Dr. Henry and the team at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center spend time evaluating your overall health and current condition to see if Mohs surgery is right for you. Generally, you could be a candidate if your lesions are:
No matter which course of skin cancer treatment is best for you, the team strives to ensure you recover fully. Schedule your Mohs surgery consultation at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center through the online scheduling feature, or over the phone.