Mohs surgery is the most well-liked and efficient option for treating skin cancer, though there are other options. For non-melanoma cancers, Mohs surgery has a success rate of up to 99% and a 94% cure rate for recurrent skin cancer in the same area. To ensure you're as comfortable and well-prepared as possible for Mohs Surgery, our team at Peters Dermatology Center in Bend, OR will prepare you when you visit our office. If you qualify for Mohs Surgery you can count on finishing the procedure in one day, though it could take longer depending on the size of the problem area.
What To Expect From Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery involves the removal of a layer of tissue that our dermatologist examines under a microscope. Before surgery, the doctor will mark any residual tumors found and use Mohs surgery to remove all cancer cells. Our doctor removes the visible tumor and a thin layer of surrounding skin during surgery to prevent cells from returning.
If our dermatologist discovers cancer cells, they deduct the necessary amount of skin and repeat the process until the cancer is completely gone. Because this procedure spares healthy tissue, Mohs surgery works wonders for sensitive areas such as the lip, eyelid, or nose. Depending on the circumstances, the wound after surgery may or may not require stitches to heal.
Do You Need Mohs Surgery?
If you have a rapidly growing mole or one with irregular edges, schedule an appointment with our staff at Peters Dermatology Center in Bend, OR to rule out abnormalities. If you have skin cancer in scar tissue, a form that returned following a previous extraction, or one that appeared on delicate sun-exposed areas, you should also consider Mohs surgery. Keep in mind that the best form of prevention is early detection. For more information or any queries or worries regarding Mohs Surgery, call (541) 323-7546.