Mohs Surgery is a specialized technique for removing certain types of skin cancers. Dr. Frederic Mohs began performing the procedure in the 1930’s. The procedure has been continuously reﬁned over the past 70 years and it is now an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.
After the tumor and surrounding skin have been completely numbed, the visible portion of the tumor is surgically removed. The tissue is then taken to our laboratory and processed where the physician uses a microscope to see if any cancer cells remain. If no cancer cells are seen, the surgeon will repair the wound with stitches (or allow the wound to heal if stitches are not needed.) If any cancer cells have been left behind, the surgeon will go back and remove additional tissue. This process is repeated as many times as necessary to ensure complete removal of the tumor.