Mohs Surgery & Mohs Surgeon in Florida
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized skin cancer treatment that has a very high level of precision. In many cases, Mohs surgery is capable of curing patients of skin cancers that have returned after other treatments have failed. Mohs surgery targets and removes any malignant/cancerous cells from the body while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.
During the procedure, the patient’s cancerous tissues are removed one very thin layer at a time, giving the most pinpointed accuracy possible. Your Mohs surgeon at Pruett Dermatology will continue to remove these small layers of tissue until there are no cancerous cells remaining. This technique makes it possible for Dr. Pruett to avoid taking excess healthy tissue that can be spared.
Why is Mohs surgery performed?
Mohs surgery may be recommended to treat those who have skin cancer in addition to one or more of the following:
- High risk for recurring cancer
- Large area of cancerous tissue
- Aggressive cancer
- Difficult-to-define borders of the cancer
- Cancer in one of the following sensitive areas:
What does the Mohs procedure involve?
Mohs skin cancer surgery may be recommended for a patient after a full skin cancer exam at Pruett Dermatology detects skin cancer.
During the Mohs procedure, Dr. Pruett, a Mohs-certified doctor, will only remove a small amount of skin tissue, leaving behind as much of your healthy skin cells as possible. However, because it is difficult to predict how much cancerous tissue is present in your skin, the procedure requires removing multiple thin layers of skin tissue, one at a time.
Once the first very thin layer of tissue has been removed, Dr. Pruett will microscopically examine the sample, repeating the process until no cancerous cells are detected. The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, involving minimal anesthesia and causing little discomfort for patients.
What are the benefits of visiting Pruett Dermatology for Mohs surgery?
Some of the many advantages of entrusting Dr. Pruett with your skincare and choosing to undergo Mohs micrographic surgery with him include the following:
- Safe and effective skin cancer treatment
- Performed in-office
- Saves as much healthy skin tissue as possible
- Minimal discomfort during procedure
- High cancer treatment success rate
If you believe you may need Mohs surgery or are interested in getting more information about the procedure, contact Pruett Dermatology. Dr. Pruett is an experienced, board-certified skin doctor and dermatologic surgeon who has been serving the Florida Keys community for over 25 years. At Pruett Dermatology, we treat a wide variety of skin problems and care for every individual patient with a personal touch. Visit our warm and welcoming office today or schedule an appointment by calling 305.664.8828 or fill out the form on this page.