Mohs Surgery Patient FAQs
Is Mohs surgery the best treatment option for all skin cancers?
If you have any type of suspicious skin lesion you should seek evaluation by a dermatologist. If skin cancer is suspected, he or she may recommend and perform a biopsy. Mohs surgery may be recommended based on the type and location of the skin cancer, as well as other factors. If your dermatologist does not perform this technique, he or she will be able to refer you to a Mohs surgeon in your area.
Patients attempting to locate a Mohs surgeon on their own may elect to use the Surgeon Locator. Some members may have their own patient information pamphlets that summarize their Mohs training, experience, and practice information.
Is Mohs surgery more expensive than other types of skin cancer treatment?
Will Mohs surgery be covered by my insurance plan?
Will Mohs surgery leave a scar?
My skin cancer is a very noticeable facial area and I am concerned about my appearance following Mohs surgery. Should I have the skin cancer removal performed by a plastic surgeon?
How can I locate a board certified Mohs surgeon?
There is another organization of Mohs surgeons, the American College of Mohs Surgery. What is the difference between the two societies?
Both organizations are professional medical societies comprised of practicing Mohs surgeons. Each Society encourages high-quality continuing medical education and quality assurance measures for its members. Both organizations offer membership to Mohs technicians who provide technical support to their member physicians.
The ACMS sponsors its own post-residency fellowship training in Mohs surgery, while the majority of ASMS members received their Mohs training in dermatology residency or post-residency training courses and preceptorships. Some ASMS members also have completed ACMS Mohs fellowships. With our strong organizational emphasis on education, the ASMS encourages physicians to seek all forms of training that will enhance their proficiency in Mohs surgery and other dermatologic procedures. ACMS fellowship training is one option which may or may not be necessary, based on the Mohs surgeon’s residency training and/or other non-fellowship training experiences.
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