Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer in Ocala, FL
Mohs surgery is a highly skilled surgical procedure used for the precise removal of skin cancer that leaves the smallest possible scar. This procedure yields the highest cure rate of any type of skin cancer treatment. At Carlyle Dermatology, you will have a fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon in Dr. Locke performing your skin cancer surgery.
Overview of Mohs Surgery
Originally developed in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery has been refined into the most advanced, precise, and effective treatment for an increasing variety of skin cancer types. With the Mohs technique, physicians can precisely identify and remove an entire tumor while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed.
Why Choose Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer?
Highest cure rate
- Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate of any type of skin cancer treatment. There is a 97-99% for primary tumors and 94% for recurrent tumors.
- The cure rates of other methods are lower: 89.9 % for standard excision, 81-96% for destruction, and 91% for radiation.
- This higher cure rate with Mohs leads to fewer recurrences than with any other method.
- Mohs surgery minimizes the amount of healthy skin removed which optimizes the aesthetic outcome. This means that the Mohs procedure allows for the smallest scar possible while maintaining the highest cure rate.
- Other skin cancer treatment methods blindly estimate the amount of tissue to treat which can result in the unnecessary removal of healthy skin tissue, increased likelihood of tumor regrowth, and a potentially larger scar.
- The Mohs surgical procedure microscopically examines 100% of a tumor’s peripheral and deep margin, where traditional vertical sections examine less than 1%. Standard excision takes guesses at where tumor margins are and excises additional tissue (3-5mm) in each direction.
- The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by the Mohs surgeon, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient.
- Cost-effective procedure typically performed as a single outpatient surgery
- One fee inclusive of skin cancer removal, pathology, and wound reconstruction
- Performed under local anesthesia
Why Choose a Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon?
Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeons have:
- Obtained a fellowship spot through an extremely competitive review and selection process
- Completed an intensive 1 or 2-year post-residency ACGME fellowship training program
- Participated in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases under the supervision of an experienced ACGME-approved Mohs surgeon
- Followed a structured curriculum that includes graded responsibility, operative and non-operative education, and exposure to long-term results, recurrences, and complications
- Gained exposure to rare and complex tumor pathology, difficult tumor locations, and complex wound reconstruction.