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Mohs Surgery

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Better Skin Cancer Outcomes with Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery, also called Mohs Surgery, is a specialized technique to remove non-melanoma skin cancers. The most common skin cancers we treat are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

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UR Medicine's Approach to Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Our team of highly trained and specialized medical personnel, include a physician, nurse, and histo-technician, who will perform the Mohs Surgery. The procedure is typically utilized for skin cancers that:

  • Are large and difficult to treat with other therapies
  • Are located in high-risk areas such as the nose, ear, lip, or around the eye
  • Show an aggressive or infiltrative growth pattern when viewed under a microscope
  • Are recurrent

In addition to ensuring total removal of the cancer, Mohs Surgery preserves as much normal healthy skin and tissue as possible. The success rate in treating recurrent and/or aggressive cancers is 95% or better.

What Sets Us Apart

At the UR Medicine Division of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, procedures are performed by a specialized dermatologic surgeon who serves as both surgeon and pathologist.

Mohs dermatologic surgeons have had subspecialty surgical training in this technique. Our surgeons have completed medical school, an internship, and three years of dermatology residency. They are then accepted into a competitive fellowship where special instruction in the procedure is offered. The highly specialized nature of the minimally invasive procedure has traditionally limited the number of trained Mohs surgeons in this country.