Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Optimal cure rates coupled with the smallest possible surgical defects define the highest quality care available for skin cancer patients.

The highest cure rates available for skin cancer are achieved using Mohs micrographic surgery. This precise technique creates “tailored wounds” by using a microscope to trace skin cancer. The customized surgical defect that results is the smallest possible wound for any individual patient’s unique skin cancer.

Doctor Bricca and his staff strive to meet each patient’s unique needs in a meticulous and efficient, yet caring and compassionate manner.


History:

Frederic Mohs, M.D. (1914-2002) first performed his surgical technique in 1936. The technique was initially known as chemosurgery, but is now called Mohs micrographic surgery after its inventor.

Mohs micrographic surgery is now a “benchmark procedure,” a skin cancer removal technique by which all others are compared. The exceptionally high cure rates achievable with this technique are a result of meticulous microscopic evaluation of 100% of surgical margins.

This method requires highly specialized training and personnel, and is best performed by fellowship trained surgeons.

Mohs Surgery is the ideal treatment when:

  • the cancer is in an area where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for maximum functional and cosmetic result, such as eyelids, nose, ears, lips, fingers, toes, genitals
  • the cancer was treated previously and recurred
  • scar tissue exists in the area of the cancer
  • the cancer is large
  • the edges of the cancer cannot be clearly defined
  • the cancer is growing rapidly or uncontrollably