Mohs Surgery: All You Need To Know

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Skin cancer is fast becoming one of the most common forms of cancer worldwide. Owing to this, the treatment methods for skin cancer have also grown and improved with the advancements in medical and surgical technology. Mohs surgery is one of the most efficient and effective forms of skin cancer treatment. It requires removal of the affected skin layers and retaining the healthy skin layer as well as the surrounding non-cancerous skin. This surgery is also called as Mohs micrographic surgery. The main aim of the Mohs surgery is to remove maximum amount of the cancer-affected skin while retaining the surrounding healthy skin with minimal to no damage to it. This is more modern, and improved, form of the traditional local excision surgery that required completely removing the affected skin as well as some of the surrounding healthy skin in order to prevent the chances of the cancer recurring.

Why is Mohs Surgery needed?

Mohs surgery is the most effective method of treatment for various forms of skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanomas too. This surgery is needed when the skin cancer:
  • Is at a high risk of recurring
  • Is located in vital areas such as hands, feet, face, genitals, etc
  • Is hard to define in terms of its spread
  • Is large and aggressive in nature

Possible risks associated with Mohs Surgery

As in seen in any form of surgery there are certain risks that occur in rare cases, such as:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Pain around incision site
You may also experience certain complications after Mohs surgery, such as:
  • Temporary tenderness/numbness around surgical site
  • Temporary weakness around surgical area
  • Itching
  • Severe bouts of pain in the affected area
  • Enlarged keloid scar 

Advantages of Mohs Surgery

The main advantage of the Mohs surgery is the almost immediate result that you can see right after the surgery. The oncologist/doctor will schedule regular check-up visits for you in the weeks following the Mohs surgery in order to ensure that the cancer has been treated completely and there are no chances of it recurring.  
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