Dr. Timani Offers Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer Patients
No matter the size or type of lesion, the ‘Big C’ can be a scary diagnosis. Fortunately, there is a silver lining to cancers arising in the skin: the affected area is usually visible and accessible, significantly aiding in diagnosis and treatment.
The skin cancer surgical approach with the greatest rate of success is the Mohs technique. Removal of cancerous skin lesions using Mohs helps ensure the lesion is cured with a single treatment.
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs is a surgical technique that uses microscopic analysis during surgery to determine the precise tissue areas requiring removal. This ensures that the cancerous tissue is removed entirely. It also allows a significantly greater portion of healthy tissue to remain intact as compared to standard surgical excision.
How is Mohs different from other skin cancer surgical treatments?
Standard skin cancer surgery involves removal of the visible skin lesion along with a surrounding margin of apparently healthy skin. The excised tissue is then examined in a laboratory, often after the patient has already gone home. If cancer cells are later found to remain along the edges of the excised tissue, the patient is informed that an additional treatment will be required.
The distinguishing feature of a Mohs surgery is that the tissue removed during the procedure is examined in real-time, while the patient waits. This allows more of the healthy tissue to remain intact while only removing the tissue sections containing the cancerous lesion. Although more time consuming, the diagnostic and therapeutic precision of this technique means that it has the highest cure rate among skin cancer treatments.
How is Mohs performed?
Mohs treatments are performed with local anesthetic, allowing the patient to stay awake during the process. The skin area requiring treatment is disinfected and draped with a sterile cloth. The treatment begins with removing a thin slice of the visible skin lesion. The surgical site is then covered with a sterile dressing while the excised tissue is examined under a microscope.
First, cancerous cells in the tissue specimen are stained with specific dyes and the distribution of these cells within the sample is mapped to a grid. Then this mapping is used to determine where and how much additional tissue should be removed. Finally, the surgeon removes the next section of tissue identified as containing additional cancer cells and the process starts again.
Finding your Mohs Specialist
While intended to be informative, this article cannot replace qualified medical advice. If you or someone you love are concerned about skin cancer or are interested in Mohs treatment, please contact Dr. Timani or a medical professional near you.
Consider turning to Johns Creek Dermatology for all your skin care needs. At Johns Creek Dermatology, Dr. Shereen Timani, M.D. performs Mohs skin cancer treatment surgery. Located in Johns Creek, Dr. Shereen Timani, M.D. and her team serve South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Johns Creek Dermatology patients also arrive from the surrounding North Atlanta areas of Alpharetta, Suwanee, Roswell, Duluth, Dawsonville, and Cumming, GA.
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