Understanding How Mohs Surgery Can Help You

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, you want to find a quick and effective way to remove the cancer. While you likely have several options available to you, Dr. Evans Bailey and the team at Naaman Clinic want to make sure you understand the potential benefits of choosing Mohs surgery for cancer removal. Below are some of the ways Mohs surgery can help you.

Mohs surgery can give you greater peace of mind

Many methods of skin cancer removal, including traditional excision and cauterization, have success rates around 90%, but the Mohs method consistently has the highest five-year cure rate at 99%. This is because the Mohs method allows careful examination the margins of the cancerous tissue during the removal process.

During the procedure, Dr. Bailey removes the cancer in layers, checking each layer to make sure the edges are completely free of cancer. If necessary, he removes additional layers until the sample shows the entire cancerous area has been removed.

Removing all of the cancerous tissue gives you a better chance of living cancer-free for a longer period and can give you greater peace of mind.

Mohs surgery can decrease your recovery time

Because the Mohs technique removes a smaller amount of healthy tissue and is completed in a single session, you can expect a shorter and easier recovery than with other removal methods.

Depending on the size of the surgery site, you may expect to wear a bandage for one or two days and to limit your activity for about a week after your surgery. After that, you should be able to return to life as normal.

Mohs surgery can help you look your best

Because Mohs surgery is completed in multiple passes during one session, Dr. Bailey can be more conservative regarding the amount of skin he removes. Additionally, because he both removes and examines the tissue, Dr. Bailey can clearly see where additional cancerous tissue needs to be removed.

Removing less of the healthy skin decreases scarring as well as reduces the amount of reconstructive surgery necessary. It also allows reconstructive surgery to be completed the same day as the removal, resulting in a single visit instead of multiple trips to the office. This leaves you looking your best as soon as the surgery is complete, instead of waiting for a second reconstructive surgery.

Mohs surgery can save you money

Mohs surgery is most often completed in one session because Dr. Bailey examines the tissue before he completes the procedure. Other methods test the site for cancer after the surgery, which means that if the removal was not complete, you have to go in for another surgery. This can significantly increase the cost of removal.

Research has shown that basic Mohs removal is comparable in cost to other methods of removal, and can be cheaper than traditional excision, depending on the type of tissue testing used.

A skin cancer diagnosis can be frightening at first, but it doesn’t have to be. You have several efficient and effective treatment options. To discuss whether Mohs surgery is the best option for you, make an appointment at Naaman Clinic either online or by phone.

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