Patients in Crown Point, IN ask, “What is the Mohs Surgery procedure?”
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with non-melanoma cases affecting over three million people each year. As a result, people are becoming more diligent about protecting their skin when they are out in the sun. Unfortunately, skin cancer can still affect anyone, and when it does, you want to visit a dermatologist who is skilled in diagnosing and treating the various forms of it. At Dermatology Center of NWI in Crown Point, IN our team has many years of experience identifying skin cancer and recommending the appropriate treatment to eliminate it.
If you’ve noticed a concerning lesion that causes you concern, you should set up an evaluation. If the suspected area is identified as skin cancer, we may recommend Mohs micrographic surgery depending on the area, type of skin cancer, and other factors that may play a role. The Mohs procedure is one of the most precise and successful ways to remove several different types of skin cancer, especially those that are in highly visible areas such as the face.
Mohs Surgery is a method that involves removal of thin layers of cancer one at a time. Each layer is examined microscopically for any traces of cancer. The tissue specimens are color coded and a detailed map of the tissue is created. This allows the doctor to precisely locate any remaining cancer cells. The process ensures that all the cancer is removed while still leaving as much healthy tissue as possible. Mohs Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
Once the skin cancer has been removed, we will either repair the area with stitches or allow the wound to heal on its own.
Benefits of Mohs Surgery:
- Highly successful (with a 98-99 percent success rate)
- Preserves as much healthy tissue as possible
If you find yourself facing skin cancer, you want to know that you are in capable hands. On staff, we have Board-certified dermatologists specially trained in Mohs surgery. If you live in the Crown Point, IN area, and have recently received a skin cancer diagnosis, or have a suspicious area of skin, call us today at (219) 785-8188 to schedule a consultation.