Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery In Corpus Christi, TX

Finding out that you have skin cancer can be overwhelming and you may not be sure what the next steps might be. Skin cancer isn’t a journey that you have to embark on alone. Your dermatologist can explain what the next steps may be, which is often Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery removes cancerous cells from your skin until they’re completely gone and you’re free of melanoma. This surgery is usually fairly simple, and you may be able to go home afterwards. The idea of surgery can be a lot to deal with, which is why you should understand what Mohs surgery is and how it can benefit you.

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery, developed in 1938 by a general surgeon, Frederic E. Mohs, is a microscopically controlled surgery used to treat both common and rare types of skin cancer. 

Mohs surgery is a procedure in which your doctor removes thin layers of skin and examines each layer for cancerous cells. Once your dermatologist determines that there are no cancerous cells left, the surgery is over. This surgery also helps lower your risk of dealing with melanoma again.

Mohs surgery only requires a local anesthetic and you may be able to go home the same day. The surgery can vary on time and will depend on how large and complex your cancer is. This surgery is a meticulous process and can help ensure that a minimal amount of tissue is taken and the cancerous cells are removed.

Recovery is typically a simple process because of how precise Mohs surgery tends to be. You may need stitches or a skin flap to close the site and your dermatologist will choose the best method to ensure minimal scarring will occur.

During the surgery, after each removal of tissue and while the patient waits, the tissue is examined in our lab for cancer cells. Once Dr Rogers does not see any more cancer cells (margins are clear), the patient will be sutured and is able to drive themselves home. It is an in office procedure done under local anesthesia and the patient should expect to be in office for about 2-4 hours.

Contact Your Dermatologist Today

If you’re dealing with skin cancer, Mohs surgery may be your best option for removal. Contact your dermatologist at Padre Dermatology in Corpus Christi, TX, at (361) 867-1032 to learn more about Mohs surgery and how it could help you.

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