Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a highly specialised technique for treating skin cancers including basal cell carcinomas (rodent ulcers; BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs).
This is a procedure carried out in stages, which removes all cancerous cells with the highest cure rate of about 99%. It also spares normal tissue leaving behind a smaller scar and therefore a better cosmetic result.
A Mohs surgeon will have learned to remove the cancerous cells in a specific way by beveling the incision at the correct angle which enables fresh frozen horizontal sectioning and examination of the full tumour margin. The surgeon will be able to analyse the specimen under the microscope and determine whether the cancer is clear. If there is any residual cancer, the site can be pinpointed and further tissue removed for analysis.
Advantages of Mohs surgery: