Gainesville Dermatology and Skin Surgery performs surgical removal of benign or malignant tumors in the treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. With four board certified Dermatology-specialized surgeons and members of the American Academy of Mohs Surgery, Gainesville Dermatology Surgery Center gives you the experience you want in the surgical treatment of your skin. Specially trained in the removal of skin cancer growths through Mohs Surgery, we offer the highest level of treatment options.
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
A precise and targeted approach to the removal of a skin cancer growth, MOHS surgery offers our patients the highest cure rate for skin cancer.
Involving the surgical removal of a microscopic layer of skin cancer, the MOHS surgeon methodically analyzes each layer of tissue during the procedure. The tissue is continually removed and examined until fully healthy, cancer-free tissue is revealed. This not only ensures the full removal of the targeted cancer, but ensures the surrounding healthy tissue is left intact, leading to shortened recovery times.
Mohs surgery is the most effective surgical treatment for most types of skin cancer. To learn more about Mohs surgery, please visit this site.
What you should expect:
First, the doctor marks the visible area of skin cancer. The area is numbed with Lidocaine and epinephrine. The doctor then cuts out the skin cancer in a circle and stops any bleeding of the wound. The area is bandaged, and you are allowed to relax in the reception area while the tissue is processed in our lab. The doctor uses a microscope to examine the tissue so that (s)he can see precisely if there are any areas left of the cancer that need to be taken out. This stage takes between 45 minutes to an hour and a half. If there are any areas of cancer remaining, the doctor will take another small piece, repeating the process until the cancer is completely removed. Once the cancer is gone, the doctor will stitch the area together.
The entire process may take several hours, so please be prepared to stay for an entire morning or afternoon. You will have time to ask the doctor any questions you may have prior to starting the procedure. The best news: The cure rate is 99%.