MOHS Surgery

mohs3_1200Mohs micrography surgery was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in 1930 and has become the most effective technique when treating Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) or Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), the two most common skin cancers.  This surgical technique spares the greatest amount of healthy tissue, while completely removing all cancerous cells, by microscopically examining all of the excised tissue during the stages of the procedure instead of after the lesion is excised and the wound closed.  Dr. Barnard will remove one thin layer at a time and microscopically examine the margins for the presence of cancerous cells.  If Dr. Barnard finds the margins are free the procedure is complete and the wound is repaired.  If the margins are not clear another layer is excised and processed in the same fashion until all margins are clear.

mohs2_1200Mohs surgery eliminates the guesswork in skin cancer surgery allowing us to produce the best medical and cosmetic outcome for every patient undergoing a Mohs procedure.