Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancers in sensitive areas, such as the face and nose. This particular procedure is named after its founder and originator, Fredric E. Mohs, MD.
Using innovative microscopic techniques during his time as a medical student (1929-1934) Dr. Mohs was able to map out cancer around nerves, blood vessels, muscle and bone. He examined cancers that he removed by shaving or saucerizing excisions. This removal technique removed thin discs of tissue so the tumor and inflammatory white-cell infiltrate surrounding the cancer could be examined.
According to the American College of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Mohs treated his first patient, an individual with a squamous cell cancer of the lower lip on June 30, 1936. Since that time machines, technology and techniques have advanced, but “the focal point-the color-coded mapping of excised specimens and their thorough microscopic examination-remains the defining characteristic of Mohs micrographic surgery to this day.” – The American college of Mohs Surgery.
Mohs surgery is commonly used to remove:
- Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC)
- Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC)
- Some melanomas
- Selected other precancerous or rare skin lesions
Dr. Evan Ransom has extensive experience in reconstruction after cancer removal procedures, particularly in highly visible and functional areas, such as the nose. He uses complex local and regional flap repair techniques to ensure that your nose looks great and your breathing is unaffected.
Contact Dr. Ransom for his extensive experience in Mohs surgery.
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