What specialty is Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Mohs surgery is also known as Mohs micrographic surgery.
How do I find the best Mohs surgeon?
Look for a doctor who is board certified in dermatology and performs Mohs surgery on a regular basis. The more experience a doctor has performing Mohs surgery, the better prepared he or she is to anticipate and prevent complications.
Where do Mohs surgeons work?
Mohs surgery is done in an operating room or office with a nearby lab. That way the surgeon can easily examine the tissue once it’s removed. The surgery usually lasts about 4 hours, and you’ll go home the same day.
Can I drive myself home after Mohs surgery?
“In most cases, patients should be more than okay to drive themselves home after their procedure,” notes Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board-certified Dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon in Austin, Texas. During the procedure, the area of treatment will be numbed with lidocaine for the comfort.
What’s worse basal cell or squamous?
Though not as common as basal cell (about one million new cases a year), squamous cell is more serious because it is likely to spread (metastasize). Treated early, the cure rate is over 90%, but metastases occur in 1%–5% of cases. After it has metastasized, it’s very difficult to treat.
How long do I wear a bandage after Mohs surgery?
Your wound will be covered with a bulky bandage called a pressure dressing. This should be left in place for 24 hours and kept dry. After 24 hours you can remove the bulky bandage.
Why is Mohs surgery so expensive?
Because it involves a special multi-step process, Mohs surgery is typically slightly more expensive than other skin cancer treatments. It is important, however, to consider the advantages of the Mohs technique (healthy tissue sparing capabilities, lower recurrence rate, etc.) in examining the total cost.
Is Mohs surgery on nose painful?
Mohs surgery uses a local anesthesia, which numbs only the area being worked on. You may feel some discomfort when the anesthesia is injected, but this usually lasts only a few seconds. Once the area is numb, the surgery itself should not be painful.
Do you get stitches after Mohs surgery?
Stitches (sutures) are usually removed at the surgeon’s office anywhere from four to 14 days from the date of surgery. Your physician will let you know what date to return for stitch removal. Most patients report minimal discomfort after surgery and require minimal or no pain medication.
How much does a Mohs surgery cost?
An average cost for Mohs surgery is $1,000 to $2,000. The cost will depend on the size of the cancer and the amount of tissue removed.
How long does it take to heal from Mohs surgery?
Depending upon the size, may take up to 4 to 6 weeks for the wound to heal completely, but infection, bleeding and pain are uncommon. Close the wound with sutures (stitches). This option is appropriate when scarring must be kept to a minimum or when the natural healing process would be inadequate.