Clarkston Dermatology
1-248-620-3376 5701 Bow Pointe Drive
Suites 215 & 217
Clarkston, MI 48346

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

In the 1930s, Dr. Frederick Mohs created a special surgical technique for removing the most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinomas, and squamous cell carcinomas with a 99% cure rate. The large benefit to this surgery is that the surrounding healthy tissue is left in place and unharmed. During this procedure, layers of skin are progressively removed and examined until only non-cancerous tissue is left.

How to prepare for Mohs Surgery

  • Make sure to inform your surgeon of any medications or supplements you are taking.
  • In most cases, Mohs is performed using local anesthetic so typically there are no diet restrictions leading up to surgery.
  • Wear comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery. You may also want to bring a book to help pass the time.

What to expect

Mohs is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic. In most cases, the procedure lasts several hours but could take all day depending on the depth of the skin cancer. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the visible skin cancer. The area is bandaged and the patient rests while the tissue is examined under a microscope. This process is repeated until all margins are cancer-free. Once the skin cancer has been completely removed, the wound is closed. In some cases, skin flaps or grafts are needed to close the wound. Most patients are able to resume light activities the day after the surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least a week after surgery.

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