Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized cancer removal technique developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD. It requires advanced training and precision skill. Dr. Kenneth Neal completed an esteemed, rigorous Mohs College approved fellowship program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
This is becoming the gold standard of treatment for many forms of skin cancer, especially if it is aggressive or in a cosmetically sensitive area.
Mohs surgery has a cure rate up to 99% – higher than any other method of skin cancer removal. Healthy tissue is preserved, making the scar much smaller and easier to correct. The smaller wound size facilitates faster, more comfortable healing. It is a convenient, in-office procedure with no hospital stay required. You can walk out of our office with the peace of mind of knowing that the cancer was removed, rather than hoping it was.
Before Dr. Neal begins, he will numb the area to ensure your comfort. The first step is removing all visible cancer, along with a thin layer of tissue surrounding the tumor. This tissue is mapped, and examined under a microscope. If any cancer is still present, the process is repeated until the area is clear.
After each layer of tissue is examined, Dr. Neal carefully marks out the areas where cancer is still present. The next layer of tissue is taken from only the affected area. For example, if cancerous cells are only found in 25% of the area, no tissue will be removed from the 75% area that already is clear.
Removing a thin layer of tissue takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and microscopic analysis takes about an hour. The entire procedure usually takes between two and three hours, depending on the extent of the cancer. Once the area is clear of cancer, we can begin planning the reconstruction of the area.
We understand how frightening a diagnosis of skin cancer is. In our office, you will get respect, understanding, and world-class medical care from a Fellowship trained Mohs surgeon with years of experience. Call 571-431-6175 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Neal.