Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs in the 1930s for the selective removal of skin cancer. This technique differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it allows for complete removal of the skin cancer including its “roots” with the aid of a microscope, while preserving as much of the normal surrounding tissue as possible. Due to the meticulous manner in which the tissue is removed, mapped, and microscopically examined, Mohs micrographic surgery yields the highest cure rate.
Mohs micrographic surgery is reserved for treatment of recurrent skin cancer and for cancers located on the nose, eyelids, lips, and other areas where maximal tissue preservation is critical for cosmetic and functional reasons.
Mohs micrographic surgeons are physicians, usually dermatologists, who have received an additional one or two years of training in skin surgery, dermatopathology, and oncology in programs certified by the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.