About Mohs Surgery

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery can be described as the surgical removal of skin cancer and other appropriately-indicated malignancies followed by microscopic examination of graphically-oriented, oblique tangential histologic sections of the entire surgical margin of excised tissue, to ensure the complete removal of the malignant tissue.

In other words, the Mohs surgeon removes the first level of cancerous tissue, draws a corresponding diagram or “map” to ensure proper orientation on the patient, and the Mohs technician efficiently sections and stains the tissue to prepare a microscope slide. The Mohs surgeon then “reads” the slide to determine which margins still contain cancer cells. This process is repeated until the lesion and any cancerous “roots” have been completely removed. At this time the surgeon closes the surgical defect using one of a variety of simple to complex reconstruction techniques.

Patient Preparation

Prospective patients may wish to review our patient education video for an introduction to the Mohs procedure as well as review our FAQ section. If you have been diagnosed with a skin cancer for which Mohs surgery is indicated, the video will answer many of your questions. Please discuss any additional concerns with your dermatologist or Mohs surgeon. Find a Surgeon »

Additional Information

Please review The Mohs Surgical Procedure and History of Mohs Surgery sections on this site for additional information on the Mohs technique. If Mohs surgery is not determined to be the optimal treatment for your particular condition, your dermatologist or Mohs surgeon will recommend alternative therapies.

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American Society for Mohs Surgery
6475 East Pacific Coast Highway, Box 700
Long Beach, CA 90803-4201
 
Telephone: (714) 379-6262 or
(800) 616-2767
 
Facsimile: (714) 362-9540