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Mohs micrographic surgery is the most precise method of skin cancer removal available. It offers the highest cure rate of any method for skin cancer – up to 95-97% – and is successful even when other forms of treatment have failed. Mohs surgery minimizes the chance of regrowth of the tumor.  And because it allows the precise removal of the cancer with excision of the smallest amount of normal skin, Mohs surgery reduces the potential for scarring or disfigurement.
Mohs surgery in my office is performed by a team specially trained in this technique. The team includes Dr Leonard Slazinski, Mohs surgeon, his surgical assistants, and a histology technician who is responsible for preparing the tissue for microscopic examination.

Your skin specimen will be prepared in a CLIA certified laboratory and carefully examined by Dr Slazinski, in order to be sure that the entire cancer has been excised.

Advantages of Mohs surgery include:

  • Ensuring complete cancer removal during surgery, virtually eliminating the chance of the cancer growing back
  • Minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost
  • Maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome resulting from surgery
  • Repairing the site of the cancer the same day the cancer is removed, in most cases
  • Curing skin cancer when other methods have failed

Preparation Instructions for the Mohs Procedure

If you require pre-operative antibiotics, take your first dose one hour before arriving for surgery.

Take all of your routine medications.  If taking aspirin or blood thinners, be sure to let the office know about this at least 5 days prior to the procedure.

You may shower normally before coming in the day of surgery , but please do not apply make-up, perfume, aftershave or cologne.

Eat a normal breakfast or lunch on the day of surgery.

If you have any worries about your ability to drive after a long procedure, please have someone drive you to and from the office – although you will be awake and alert, the procedure can be extensive and tiring.

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