Mohs Micrographic Surgery
There are numerous surgical approaches and expert techniques that Dr. Carroll utilizes to prevent skin cancers from spreading to other parts of the body. During your consultation and examination, Dr. Carroll can determine the safest and most effective option for you.
What Is Different About Mohs Surgery?
Dr. Carroll specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery which is a highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. Developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin, Mohs surgery has is recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest cure rate (more than 90%). It differs from other skin cancer treatments as it permits immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue. All extensions and “roots” of the cancer can be eliminated. This extremely precise and methodical method requires a highly experienced specialist with the proper training exemplified in Dr. Carroll.
During Mohs surgery, the affected tissue is removed one layer at a time. Once the tissue is removed, the sample is reviewed closely so that any microscopic roots of the cancer can be immediately and accurately identified. If cancer cells are seen, an additional tissue layer is removed only in areas where the cancer is still present, leaving normal skin intact. When compared to other skin cancer treatments, Mohs micrographic surgery has the lowest chance of regrowth, minimizes the potential for scarring and is the most precise means of removing skin cancer.
Will Mohs Surgery Be Right For Me?
During your consultation with Dr. Carroll, the best treatment plan for you will be determined. Mohs surgery is not appropriate for the treatment of all skin cancers. It is typically reserved for those skin cancers that have recurred following previous treatment or for cancers that pose a high risk for recurrence. Mohs surgery is also a preferred method for cancers located in areas where maximal tissue preservation is needed whether for cosmetic or functional reasons such as the nose, ears, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet and genitals.
Regular skin exams are essential to skin cancer detection. To schedule your free skin cancer screening, fill out this form or call 561.223.6238 today.