Mohs Surgery

Dr. Collins with microscope
Dr. Collins reviewing slides

Background on Mohs Surgery:
Mohs micrographic surgery was originally developed in the 1930’s and has since been refined into the most precise and effective treatment for a variety of skin cancers. With the Mohs technique, Dr. Collins can precisely identify and remove an entire tumor, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed.

Success Rate of Mohs Surgery:
The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing the skin cancer, layer by layer, and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached. This is called clearing the margins. Because Dr. Collins is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer.

Advantages of Mohs Surgery:
Mohs surgery is unique and effective because of the way tissue that is removed is microscopically examined, allowing 100% of the surgical margins to be evaluated. The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by Dr. Collins, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient. Mohs surgery offers several advantages, including minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost and ensuring complete cancer removal during surgery. Mohs surgery significantly minimizes the changes of the skin cancer growing back and, in most cases, repairing of the skin cancer site can be done the same day the cancer is removed.

For Additional Information, please visit:
ACMS Mohs Surgery Patient Education Site

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