What is MOHS (also called MOHS micrographic surgery)?
MOHS surgery is a special technique used to remove skin cancers on certain parts of the body, without having to go to sleep. In our office, using sensitive equipment, cancers are meticulously removed one layer at a time, until all the skin margins are clear.
MOHS, named after Dr. Fred Mohs who pioneered the early technique in the 1970’s, means smaller scars and lower recurrance rates for many skin cancers.
MOHS surgery has two main advantages:
- MOHS has a very high cure rate
- MOHS allows us to preserve as much healthy skin as possible
Who performs MOHS surgery at Heller Dermatology Center?
Dr. Jeffrey Heller is the trained MOHS surgeon at Heller Dermatology. Dr. Heller personally performs all MOHS surgeries, which includes elimination of your skin cancer and reconstruction of tissue after. Dr. Heller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, with special interest in skin cancer surgery. He has been in practice over 30 years and is committed to providing his patients with outstanding care and compassion.
When is MOHS surgery recommended?
MOHS is appropriate for skin cancer that grows in areas of the body with little tissue to work with (ex. face, ears, scalp, hands, feet and genitals), areas that are aggressive or large or have recurred after previous treatments.
MOHS is not required for all skin cancers.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
After the anesthetic wears off, there may be some soreness or aching, which may cause discomfort. This usually improves within 24 hours. We recommend rest, icing the area and tylenol are usually sufficient to relieve any discomfort. You may wish to start taking Tylenol after surgery even if you have no pain, to not allow discomfort to appear suddenly. Please follow the label for correct doses to take. We do not routinely prescribe narcotics after MOHS surgery.
We recommend that you limit your activities for 7-14 days after surgery to prevent the wound from opening up. No strenuous exercise (i.e. golf swing, swimming, working out)
If going back to work, try not to lift anything over 5 pound for the 7-14 days. We will be happy to write you a note if necessary.