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What is Mohs Surgery?

Discover more about this procedure and how it can eliminate some forms of skin cancer.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, according to the American Academy of Dermatology? mohs surgery

It's believed that about one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life. So, if you do develop skin cancer your Odessa, TX dermatologists Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Ritchie Rosso are here to help you. If we’ve recommended Mohs surgery for treating your cancer find out what you can expect from your treatment.

You might be surprised to hear that Mohs surgery has been around for many decades (starting in the 1930s). Of course, how the technique has been performed has certainly been refined over the years and has now become one of the most popular and effective ways to remove both basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, which happen to be the two most common forms of skin cancer.

So, what exactly is Mohs surgery?

It is a way of surgically removing cancer from the skin and examining the cancerous tissue under a microscope. If there are no cancerous cells found under the microscope no more tissue will need to be removed, but if there are cancerous cells then more tissue will need to be removed and studied under a microscope until the sample is cancer-free.

How effective is this surgery?

Mohs surgery offers a higher success rate than other methods with a 99 percent cure rate for most skin cancers. Also, if other treatment options haven’t removed your skin cancer Mohs surgery can offer you a better success rate.

How long will my procedure take?

The one disadvantage to Mohs surgery is that it is rather time-consuming since there is a significant amount of wait time while your Odessa, TX skin doctor analyzes the multiple tissue samples to check for cancer cells. What happens behind the scenes is that we map out the location of the cancer, take samples, test it and then determine whether more tissue needs to be removed, which takes time. But with a 99 percent success rate it’s well worth it. Plus, it could reduce your chances of needing additional procedures.

Whether you need to get a skin cancer screening or you’ve noticed a new growth it’s time you call the dermatological experts at Laser & Aesthetic Center of the Permian Basin in Odessa, TX.

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