SURGICAL Skin Cancer Treatments
In most cases, there are many surgical options for skin cancers depending on several factors: type of skin cancer, tumor location, medical history, surgical history and medications. Surgical options include freezing, curettage, chemical peels, routine excision and Mohs surgery. Tru-Skin(TM) Dermatology providers are trained to perform your skin cancer surgery comfortably and effectively in our offices.
For your comfort we provide local anesthesia and use proven techniques to reduce the pain of injection. There is no need for general anesthesia or hospitalization. After your skin cancer removal is completed, our providers assess your individual level of anxiety and pain tolerance, and may prescribe medications to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.
Mohs surgery is the most advanced and effective skin cancer surgery available today. Cure rates are the highest of any surgical procedure: 99% for basal cell carcinoma and 95% for squamous cell carcinoma.
Additional benefits of Mohs surgery are:
- Doesn’t require hospitalization or general anesthesia
- Complete cancer removal is confirmed the same day
- Removes the smallest possible amount of normal skin
- Minimal discomfort due to local anesthesia
- Excellent cosmetic results
Developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art technique that has been continuously refined over 70 years. With this technique, physicians are able to microscopically trace all the edges of the cancer down to the roots, seeing beyond the visible disease. Mohs surgery precisely identifies and removes the entire tumor layer by layer, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. Mohs is the most exact and precise method of skin cancer removal and it minimizes the chance of re-growth, lessening the potential for scarring or disfigurement.