Mohs surgery details
Mohs surgery is done in an operating room or office with a nearby lab so that the Mohs surgeon can conveniently examine the tissue once it has been removed. Layers of tissue will be checked until the tests no longer detect any cancer.
The area to be treated will be cleansed, and a numbing agent will be administered via injection to help with any discomfort. Your Mohs surgeon will remove the visible tumor along with a thin layer of surrounding tissue with a scalpel, and will place a temporary bandage.
The excised tissue will be taken to the lab, where it will be prepared and put on slides by a technician and examined under a microscope. If there is evidence of cancer, another layer of tissue will be taken from the area. This process ensures that only cancerous tissue is removed during the procedure, minimizing the loss of healthy tissue. These steps are repeated until all tissue is free of cancer. While there are always exceptions to the rule, most tumors require 1 to 3 stages for complete removal. Come see our skin cancer specialists in Phoenix at Regency Specialties to find out more about Mohs surgery.