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Dr. Carl Schanbacher examining the margins of  skin removed.Advantages & Disadvantages of Mohs

Advantages of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery allows for the total removal of a skin cancer in one day, with the advantage of finding out the results the same day.  100% of the margins of the skin removed are examined with a microscope, which reduces the possibility of having to “go back” to remove more skin later if all of the cancer was not removed.

Because we examine all of the margins of the skin removed, the percentage of success is very high, often 95-99%, even if other previous treatments have failed.  However, no one can guarantee a 100% chance of cure.  Also, because we only remove tissue where we see skin cancer with the microscope, we remove as little normal tissue as possible.

We, and your referring physician, are happy to further explain the risks, benefits and alternatives for treatment of your skin cancer, and why we believe Mohs surgery is the best treatment option for you.

Disadvantages of Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is performed under local anesthesia so there is some pain from local anesthetic injections. Also, since the process may involve several surgical stages, the time for this procedure may take several hours and the procedure may last all day.