Mohs Micrographic Surgery, an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer, minimizes the chance of regrowth with a 99.5% cure rate and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. This cosmetically elegant procedure is most often used and the most precise and effective treatment for the two most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It offers the highest potential for recovery – even if the skin cancer has been previously treated. During this state-of-the-art treatment, the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on microscopic accuracy to trace and ensure removal of the skin cancer down to its base. This procedure allows dermatologists trained in Mohs Surgery to see beyond the visible disease, and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, while leaving the maximum amount of healthy tissue unharmed. This is especially important for the face or areas where maximum preservation of healthy tissue is desirable for cosmetic and functional purposes. Dr. Linder has received extensive training in Mohs surgery. During her prestigious Mohs Surgery fellowship, she completed over 1200 cases in one year.
Mohs micrographic surgery provides a cure rate of up to 99.5% for certain types of skin cancers. It is the most precise method for removal of all cancerous tissue, while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue. This is especially important for skin cancer removal in areas where maximum preservation of healthy tissue is desirable for cosmetic and functional purposes. In Mohs Surgery the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon.
Mohs micrographic surgery is very useful for large growths, lesions with indistinct borders, tumors near vital functional or cosmetic structures, and cancers for which other forms of therapy have failed. The Mohs surgeon uses a microscope and special mapping technique that pinpoints the cancerous areas. Although no surgeon or technique can guarantee 100% chance of cure, the Mohs technique enjoys the highest cure rate of all treatments for selected skin cancers.