Mohs surgery, or Mohs micrographic surgery, is a specialized skin cancer treatment for removing pre-malignant or malignant skin cancer cells. Dr. Vivek Iyengar is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs surgery, and he has published several articles and book chapters on the subject. Dr. Iyengar and the treatment team at Dermatology Associates are expert providers of Mohs surgery in Tinley Park.
What Is Mohs Surgery?
When performed by a trained specialist, the Mohs technique is highly effective in eliminating cancer cells while sacrificing as little healthy tissue as possible. The two most common forms of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—have a cure rate of 99% when treated with Mohs surgery.
During the procedure, the doctor will excise ultra-thin layers of tissue and prepare them for microscopic examination. They will then create a location map of unhealthy cells.
The process is repeated until an excised layer and surrounding tissue are entirely free of pre-cancerous or malignant cells. Precision methods of skin reconstruction are part of the specialized training to be accredited as a provider of the surgery.
I was seen on time and the exam was very thorough – all my questions were answered. The doctor was very professional and attentive – the assistants were also very pleasant and helpful. Thank you.
Am I the Right Candidate for Mohs Surgery?
If you have been given a referral for a diagnostic cancer screening or the following conditions apply to you, contact Dermatology Associates for a consultation.
- You have been given a diagnosis of skin cancer or the presence of pre-cancer cells.
- New lesions or spots have appeared in previously treated areas.
- You have skin lesions or spots that have never been examined or cancer screened.
What to Expect During Mohs Surgery
The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using an injection of a local anesthetic. If more intensive skin reconstruction is anticipated, the doctor may perform the surgery in a hospital while the patient is under general anesthesia.
After anesthesia, the doctor removes any raised portion of the lesion and then excises the first ultra-thin layer of tissue. The tissue layer is prepared and placed on a glass slide for microscopic examination and to create a baseline location map of unhealthy cells.
The doctor repeats the process until a comparative examination of layers and surrounding tissue confirms that no unhealthy or cancerous cells remain.
What to Expect After Mohs Surgery
After outpatient treatments, minimal recovery time is required. Rest and limited activity are advised for a day or two. In most cases, temporary swelling and mild discomfort are well-managed with non-prescription pain medication and ice packs.
Following post-operative care instructions and not smoking for four to six weeks after surgery will help avoid complications such as infection or poor tissue healing. Aftercare instructions following general anesthesia or more complex skin reconstruction will be determined based on the patient’s medical history and their specific treatment protocol.
What Is the Cost of Mohs Surgery?
The cost of Mohs surgery is based on the details of each patient’s procedure. Most private and public health insurance plans cover the price of cancer screening and treatment fees. Our knowledgeable office staff can assist you in determining available insurance coverage and other accepted forms of payment.
Contact Us Today to Arrange a Consultation
A consultation for Mohs surgery in Tinley Park is easy to arrange. Early detection is essential in treating any form of cancer, so contact Dermatology Associates today.