Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment currently available for the treatment of skin cancers. It offers the highest potential for cure, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated using another method.
Mohs surgery is a precise technique that removes the cancer in stages, one tissue layer at a time, and is performed by a Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon. Our doctors work closely with several Sarasota- and Bradenton-area Mohs surgeons, and would be happy to make a referral on your behalf.
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and immediately examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is left. Advantages of this technique include: complete cancer removal during surgery, minimizing the risk of recurrence; minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost; and maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome resulting from the surgery. Once the procedure is finished, the wound is dressed and the patient travels to our office, or an area surgery center to undergo reconstruction of the surgical defect.
From a Facial Plastic Surgeons perspective, sparing as much normal tissue as possible is essential to providing a superior closure. The larger the wound, the more difficult it becomes to minimize the appearance of scarring following the procedure. Mohs surgery gives Facial Plastic Surgeons the smallest possible surgical defect, and the largest possible amount of normal tissue to use to reconstruct the defect. It is important to note that this does not necessarily mean that the wound will be small, only that it will be as small as possible. If the skin cancer is large, then the resultant defect will also be large. Rule number one in the treatment of skin cancers is to completely remove all cancerous tissue.
The specific reconstructive techniques used vary widely depending on the location and size of the surgical defect. Dr. Hillstrom and Dr. Wright will discuss the various options that are relevant for your particular cancer at your consultation.
To learn more about Mohs Surgical Reconstruction, please contact Dr. Robert Hillstrom and Dr. Harry Wright at Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery today.