Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs microscopically controlled surgery is performed to remove basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, the two most common types of skin cancer. The third type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, is not  treated with Mohs surgery.

Dr. Batra is fellowship trained in Mohs surgery and a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery.  Mohs surgery is performed in our office on Thursdays. All procedures are performed under local anesthetic without putting patients to sleep.Mohs microscopically controlled surgery was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1940s. The basic idea behind Mohs surgery is to remove the entire skin cancer without taking any more skin than is absolutely necessary. The skin cancer is removed and examined under the microscope during the procedure to ensure all of the cancer cells have been removed before the site is repaired. The microscope is used to map the exact extent of the tumor so that the surgeon removes only the cancerous tissue.  This spares healthy tissue and prevents a larger wound than necessary.  It also ensures that no cancerous cells are left behind which could otherwise grow back. In essence, the best of both worlds is achieved.

 

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