Mohs Surgery is a highly effective treatment for the removal of certain types of skin cancer. It is the most successful and precise technique for removing skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamos cell carcinoma, and even melanoma. This technique was designed to remove the entire tumor with minimal amounts of healthy tissue. The Mohs surgeon removes the tumor, then analyses it under a microscope to map and track any tumor cells that may spread. This helps to provide minimal disfigurement and is ideal for cancers of the face, ears, nose, genitals, and more. Mohs Surgery is performed with local anesthesia thereby having fewer risks than with general anesthesia. Reconstruction after removal of the tumor is often done on the same day.
Who Is A Candidate For Mohs Surgery?
When deciding if you are a good candidate for Mohs surgery, the physician will take into consideration several things. The type of skin cancer that you have is the first consideration. Mohs has the highest cure rate for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Your physician will also consider your history of skin cancer. Recurring skin cancer and aggressive forms are commonly treated with Mohs surgery. The location of the cancer is also considered. Cancers that are located on and around the head, neck, genitals, hands and lower legs are common candidates for Mohs because you want to preserve as much of the healthy surrounding tissue as possible. Other tumors that are frequently treated with Mohs surgery include those with undefined borders, tumors that are larger than 2 centimeters and those with aggressive features.
How Do I Find A Mohs Surgeon?
The first step in choosing your surgeon is to look for a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon from the American College of Mohs Surgery (www.mohscollege.org). Patients can also search online to ensure that their dermatologist is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology or the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. Additionally, all doctors provide their own biographies on their websites where patients can discover additional years of supervised study, research in which they have been involved, and other specialties, awards, and honors. Once you have selected a Mohs surgeon, reading online patient surveys and recommendations can also give valuable insight.
Take The Next Step
Once you have narrowed your search for a Mohs surgeon, it is important to schedule a consultation. Dr. Christopher Weyer of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona, is a Board Certified Dermatologist and a Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon. He would love to have you schedule a consultation with him regarding whether or not Mohs surgery is right for you.
You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Weyer by calling his Tucson office at 520-207-3100 or his Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. You may also schedule an appointment by completing the form on this page. His offices are conveniently located at 698 East Wetmore, Suite #310 in Tucson, Arizona and 150 South Coronado Drive Suite #110 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.