Mohs Surgery Specialist

Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center

Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology located in The Permian Basin & the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

Mohs surgery is the most effective method of treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and very few physicians in the country are trained in this advanced technique. Ritchie Rosso, Jr., MD, board-certified dermatologist at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center of the Permian Basin, is specially trained in this procedure. Dr. Rosso is one of only two doctors in the Odessa, Texas, area who can perform Mohs surgery. If you’re looking for the best treatment options for skin cancer with the highest success rate, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Mohs Surgery Q & A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is considered to be the most effective, state-of-the-art treatment option for many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) -- the two most common types of skin cancer. Dr. Rosso is specially trained and skilled to perform this comprehensive surgery.

During a Mohs surgery, Dr. Rosso removes the cancerous cells in various stages, layer by layer, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs micrographic surgery leaves the smallest scar and has the highest recovery rate as well.

The keys to this surgical technique include:

  • Effectively removing cancerous cells and a minimal amount of healthy skin surrounding the tumor
  • Examining the tissue under a microscope as it’s removed
  • Mapping the exact location of the tumor for the total removal of cancerous tissue

With his specialized training in the diagnosis and surgical dermatology, Dr. Rosso can perform Mohs micrographic surgery on even the most challenging skin cancer tumors so you have the best chance for a favorable outcome.

What can I expect during Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery takes just one visit to complete all three stages of the procedure: removal, analysis, and wound reconstruction. Dr. Rosso administers a local anesthetic to the treatment area so you won’t feel pain.

First, he removes a layer of the cancerous tissue and inspects it under a microscope. If cancerous cells still remain on your skin, he can pinpoint exactly where they are so he can remove another layer of tissue. He repeats this removal and analysis process until he has removed all the cancerous cells from the tumor.

What are the advantages of Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery has numerous advantages, including the fact that it’s a single outpatient treatment so you won’t have to stay in the hospital. Also, since Dr. Rosso analyzes your tissue immediately, the results are accurate and precise.

By the time your surgery is over, you can be sure Dr. Rosso has examined the area of skin cancer very thoroughly under a microscope, ensuring he has removed every visible abnormal cell.

Mohs micrographic surgery has a 99% cure rate for first-time treatment and a 94% cure rate for recurring cancer. This is the highest potential success rate of curing your basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma.

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer and want the best treatment available, call the office or schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosso online.