Skin cancer can seem frightening. It is one of the few forms of cancer that manifest in rough outward changes to your appearance. However, thanks to Mohs skin cancer surgery, you do not have anything to fear as long as you seek medical help in time.
Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery
Mohs skin cancer surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is a highly effective treatment for both basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. These are the most common kinds of skin cancer, and you can deal with both of them in one day thanks to Mohs surgery.
Your surgeon will ensure that the whole process is completed in one sitting. However, it will take some time, so you should ensure that on the day of your surgery, the procedure is the only thing on your agenda.
The reason behind this involves the lab testing of your skin grafts. This testing checks whether there are any cancerous cells remaining in the area. If there are, they will be targeted and removed until only healthy skin cells remain. However, you will have to wait while the on-site lab testing determines whether the skin grafts are healthy or not. A process like this can require multiple tests, so being patient is very important.
The good news about Mohs skin cancer surgery is that it’s extremely effective when it comes to removing all cancerous cells from your skin. With a very high success rate and the one-day time span it takes to complete the process, this surgery not only saves you time, it can save your life.
The Consultation and the Procedure
If you feel that you may be in need of Mohs skin cancer surgery, the first thing you need to do is talk in detail with a skilled medical professional. They will better be able to guide you regarding what you can expect from the process.
Mohs skin cancer surgery is a delicate procedure that requires the help of medical professionals who are comfortable with three aspects of treatment:
• They must be capable of removing cancerous lesions and tissue from your body.
• They must be able to analyze the skin and tissue grafts they will take from you in the lab.
• They must possess the skill to reconstruct your skin after the lesion is removed.
During this single-visit outpatient procedure, the surgeon will remove a layer of tissue from the affected area and examine it under a microscope. They are checking for cancerous cells in this process. If they find any, another layer of the targeted area will be removed. The process continues until only healthy cells remain. In this way, the surgeon is able to get rid of the cancerous cells while saving as many of the healthy cells as possible.
Make an Appointment for Your Mohs Consultation
Dr. Dev Wali, an experienced and skilled board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients, will be available to discuss the Mohs procedure and skin reconstruction. Schedule your helpful consultation with Dr. Wali – contact us today to get started.