Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. The procedure was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin and is now practiced throughout the world. Tanana Valley Clinic is proud to offer this specialized practice locally to the Interior of Fairbanks!
Mohs Micrographic surgery is state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on the precision and accuracy of a microscope to trace and ensure removal of skin cancer down to the roots. Of all treatments for skin cancer, Mohs surgery:
offers the highest cure rate (up to 99%).
has the lowest chance of recurrence.
minimizes the potential for scarring or disfigurement.
is the most exact and precise means of removal.
Due to the methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined, Mohs surgery technique ensures the highest cure rate of cancer while sparing the most normal tissue.
Mohs surgeons are physicians who have extensive knowledge of the skin and its healing properties as well as training in reconstructive surgery. They are best suited to understand wound management, which helps produce the best cosmetic result.
Mohs micrographic surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. The healing process is similar to that of most surgical procedures.