What is Moh’s Micrographic Surgery and What is the ACMS

Cure for Skin Cancer- 99% effective

Skin cancer is caused by radiation from the sun, and 50% of Americans who live to the age of 65 will be affected by skin cancers. This epidemic is spreading despite sun protection and awareness.

Typically, skin cancers have been treated by surgically removing large areas of skin. This results in leaving the patient with a sizable defect and possibly a long, wide scar.  Additionally, 1/10 patients would still have cancer left in the body, thus requiring them have to return for additional surgery weeks later. 

Now patients diagnosed with skin cancer can have a procedure called Moh’s Micrographic Surgery, which offers a greater than 99% clearance rate!  This state of the art surgery is a delicate and precise procedure that spares as much skin as possible, providing the most optimal cosmetic outcome. Most importantly, when the patient leaves the office, he or she is rest assured that all the cancer is removed!

How is this possible?

Once the cancer is removed, the final layer of tissue is processed by the surgeon’s specialized lab.  The surgeon also reads the microscopic slide under the microscope to assure there are no cancer cells remaining. Due to a different technique in processing the tissue, the doctor can evaluate 100% of the margin, compared to the 5% seen in typical cancer surgeries. 

Who is qualified to perform MOHs Micrographic Surgery?

Only a few surgeons in the state are truly qualified to perform this intricate surgery. Ask your surgeon if they have trained with the American College of Moh’s Surgeon, ACMS.  This is the most rigorous and and highly trained group of surgeons qualified to treat and manage skin cancers. 

Insurance companies approve this procedure, and the cost is similar to that of basic excisions. But how?

The doctor performing Mohs Surgery typically assumes the following roles:

Anesthesiology

Surgical Oncology

Pathology 

Plastic Surgery

The ACMS Moh’s surgeon combines 4 separate doctors of work into one. Additionally, these procedures are done in the office at True Dermatology; therefore, there is no burden of hospital or facility charges.