Mohs Surgery

A discreet and thorough way to remove skin cancer

What's Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a highly effective treatment option for many skin cancers. It involves the meticulous removal of thin layers of skin, which removes cancerous cells while preserving your healthy tissue. 

This technique is especially beneficial if you have a high-risk skin cancer in a noticeable area. 

Who's a candidate?

Mohs surgery may be a good option if you have basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, especially if:

  • Your skin cancer has a high risk of returning or has returned after previous treatment.
  • Your skin cancer is in an area where keeping as much healthy tissue as possible is ideal (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet or genitals).
  • Your skin cancer has undefined edges.
  • Your skin cancer is large or rapidly growing.

This procedure isn't a good fit for everyone. Our dermatologists can help you determine whether Mohs surgery is an option for you. 

What to expect

Before Mohs surgery

  • You'll be given medicine to numb the area, so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.

During Mohs surgery

  • We'll cut away thin layers of your skin and examine each layer under a microscope, repeating until there are no signs of cancer.

After Mohs surgery

  • Normally, you can go home after surgery and don't need to stay overnight.
  • You can expect some pain, redness, swelling and bruising around the treated area.
  • You'll have a follow-up appointment to check how you're healing.

Benefits of Mohs surgery

Mohs surgery offers several advantages over traditional skin cancer treatments, including:

  • Lower risk: There's a very high success rate and a lower chance of cancer returning.
  • More healthy tissue: We can precisely remove skin cancer while keeping more of your natural skin around the treated area.
  • Faster recovery: It's typically an outpatient procedure with a faster recovery time than other skin cancer treatments.

Personalized plans

You deserve care as unique as you are. Before surgery, we tailor our approach to your specific needs and preferences to help ensure the best outcome possible.

Fellowship-trained surgeons

Our team of fellowship-trained surgeons have performed hundreds of successful Mohs surgeries. Their track record and manner of care lead to consistent, high-level results.

Making "the details" easy

We try to save you time whenever possible, through tools like virtual appointments and MyWellSpan for simple scheduling, messaging your surgical team and easy access to test results.