Mohs surgery at Drexel Dermatology is a highly specialized surgical technique for effectively removing skin cancer. Mohs surgery is unique because it allows the Drexel surgeon to remove all of the skin cancer while leaving the smallest scar possible. Mohs surgery has proven to be the gold standard for the treatment of many types of skin cancer and offers the highest cure rate.
Mohs is performed by an American College of Mohs Surgery fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon who has completed additional surgical training beyond traditional dermatology training. The Mohs surgeon is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction.
About Mohs Surgery
During Mohs surgery, the tumor is removed by a specially trained Drexel surgeon who analyzes all of the removed tissue under a microscope to be sure that all of the areas around the tumor are free of cancer. This outpatient procedure is performed under local anesthesia. If surrounding areas have cancer, the Drexel surgeon will remove additional tissue, often during the same day. Once the area has been cleared of any sign of cancer, the area is reconstructed.
The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove all of the skin cancer while preserving the greatest amount of healthy tissue.
Because skin cancers can develop roots deep into the skin, extending beyond the area that you actually see, the Drexel surgeon will review the patient's medical history prior to the procedure to be sure that Mohs surgery is the best option for treatment.