MOHS Micrographic Surgery in Portage, MI
At Southwest Michigan Dermatology We Offer the Most Advanced Skin Cancer Treatments. Our MOHS Surgery in Portage, MI is a Very Comprehensive Treatment Performed by Our Certified MOHS Surgeons. Call to Become Cancer Free.
At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, we provide all of the services you need to not only look great, but to take care of your overall health. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States, so it is extremely important to find an experienced dermatology expert who can not only provide the diagnostic services you need to stay healthy, but the best treatments possible in the event of a diagnosis. We are proud to offer MOHS surgery for patients in the Portage, MI area with certain types of skin cancer.
What types of cancer can MOHS surgery address?
MOHS surgery is used primarily to address squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). For many types of these cancers, it is considered the best and most effective treatment method. MOHS surgery boasts a high cure rate, making it a preferred treatment for many high-risk non-melanoma skin cancers. It is especially well-suited to cancers found on the eyelids, lips, nose, hands, feet, ears, and genitals, as these are typically considered high-risk areas. MOHS surgery may also be used on low-risk areas of the body for larger cancers or in other cases where your dermatologist deems it an appropriate treatment option. For superficial BCCs and SCCs that are considered low-risk, other methods may be considered more appropriate including cryosurgery or electrodesiccation.
What will happen during my MOHS surgery?
There are several stages involved during a MOHS surgery that will require you to wait between each. A local anesthesia will be injected into the area that is being treated in order to keep you comfortable throughout your surgery. Your surgeon will then us a scalpel to remove a thin layer of cancerous tissue. This tissue will then be evaluated by our lab to determine the extent and location of cancerous cells remaining beneath the skin. This process will continue until no cancer cells are detected. MOHS surgery offers a comprehensive treatment in one appointment, but your surgery may take up to several hours, depending on how many attempts are required to completely remove cancerous cells. MOHS surgery has an exceptional cure rate and leaves the smallest possible scar, which makes it the best treatment option for many patients diagnosed with SCCs and BCCs.
What kind of results do most patients experience after MOHS surgery?
Depending on the depth of the wound once your surgery is complete, your provider may suture it closed or leave it open to heal. You may wish to discuss a skin flap or graft to improve the appearance of your MOHS surgical scar, though this may require a separate procedure and many patients do not find it necessary depending on the location or extent of the wound. MOHS surgery provides up to a 99% cure rate for cancer that has not been previously treated and up to 94% for recurrent skin cancer. These cure rates go well beyond other treatment methods, making MOHS surgery the best option for many patients. Patients whose wounds are small enough to be left open will require approximately 4-6 weeks for healing. If you require stitches, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment for removal. Even after your MOHS surgery is complete, there is always a chance that skin cancer could recur at a later date. Patients should be diligent about scheduling annual skin check-ups with their dermatologist, so any issues can be diagnosed as early as possible.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer that may benefit from MOHS surgery for treatment, contact Southwest Michigan Dermatology in Portage today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced skin surgeons.