What is Mohs Surgery?
Skin cancer is a diagnosis many dread. However, at Clearview Dermatology, we are here to help our Central Massachusetts patients fight their cancer with an optimistic outlook. Using one of the most successful treatments and removal methods, Mohs surgery, our team at Clearview Dermatology aims to remove as little of your healthy skin as possible while maintaining optimal success rates for eliminating basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and more. Our talented dermatologists at each of our locations in Hudson, Leominster, and Gardner, MA have one goal in mind — helping you get and remain healthy.
What Can I Expect from Mohs Surgery?
To start your outpatient Mohs surgery, one of our talented dermatologists will use a local anesthetic to numb your treatment area(s). We will make small incisions and very carefully remove layers of skin for review. The skin will be frozen, processed, then we will review it under a microscope to see if we find any cancer cells. If we find detection of cancer, we'll note it. This process is repeated as necessary until we find a layer of skin with no cancer, following which we'll close the treatment area. The number of layers removed will depend on the stage of cancer you are in. Most patients find that this form of skin cancer removal only provides a minor amount of pain. You will be able to drive yourself home after your treatment and get back to your normal routine the next day; however, you'll need to avoid strenuous activity for about a week or two. Any sutures will be removed at one of our Clearview Dermatology offices after about 6 – 14 days. The amount of scarring left will depend on your procedure, but we aim to create as little scarring as possible and can provide instructions on healthy healing habits to help reduce scarring. While it's not an easy surgery, there is about a 99% success rate for basal cell carcinoma and thin melanomas and about a 97% rate for squamous cell carcinoma.
Advantages of Mohs Surgery
At Clearview Dermatology, we know how scary it can be to hear the words "cancer," let alone hear them said about yourself. However, our team of highly skilled and board-certified dermatologists is here to help. We perform Mohs surgery — one of the most successful skin cancer removal treatments — at our three Central Massachusetts offices in Hudson, Leominster, and Gardner. For more information on Mohs surgery or to schedule an appointment, give one of our three locations a call, and we will be happy to help you through the process of diagnosing and treating your skin cancer.
Mohs Surgery Reviews
"Dr Smith has done 2 MOHS procedures for me - one in Wellesley office and one in West Roxbury. He was great! He explained to me what he was doing and scars are minimal. I didn't talk a lot to Wellesley office staff so can't comment but my regular dermatologist is in West Roxbury and they are great!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jul 23, 2019
"Grateful Patient - i just had my third Mohs Surgery forsquameous cell skin cancers. Thank god for Dr. Smith.My husband has had about 12 Mohs Surgeries, we are both grateful to Dr. Smith"- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 19, 2010