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- What is Mohs surgery?
- Why is the procedure called Mohs?
- Where can I have Mohs surgery, and how long does the surgery take?
- What kind of physician can perform Mohs surgery? Where can I find a doctor board-certified in Mohs?
- Is Mohs only for skin cancer?
- Am I a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
- What if I have artificial joints or other health issues?
- What areas are treatable by Mohs surgery?
- What are possible complications of Mohs?
- What is reconstruction? Will I have a scar after Mohs surgery?
- What about insurance coverage and costs of Mohs surgery?
- What are alternatives for Mohs surgery?
- How do I prepare for my Mohs surgery?
- What is the recovery time for Mohs surgery? Is Mohs painful?
- How do I take care of my surgical area after Mohs surgery?
- What is the chance that my cancer will recur after Mohs surgery?
- How many "levels" of Mohs surgery will I need?
- How are skin cancers treated?
What kind of physician can perform Mohs surgery? Where can I find a doctor board-certified in Mohs?
Most Mohs surgeons are specially trained dermatologists. There are also some plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeons who are also trained to perform Mohs.
There is no current board certification for Mohs surgery. There are two nationally recognized MMS specialty groups, the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the American Society for Mohs Surgery.
Is Mohs only for skin cancer?
Yes, Mohs is a widely used method of removing the most common types of skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Less frequently, Mohs may also be used for other malignant tumors. In special cases, Mohs may be used to treat malignant melanoma, lentigo maligna, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, Merkel cell carcinoma, microcystic adnexal carcinoma, malignant trichoepithelioma, angiosarcoma, atypical fibroxanthoma, and other cancerous skin tumors.