Micrographic Surgery Q & A by Tanya R. Humphreys, M.D., Director
of Cutaneous Surgery. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Micrographic Surgery Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Tulane University
Medical Center.Timothy Corcoran Flynn, M.D. - Director
Treating Skin Cancer with Mohs Micrographic Surgery:
``Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized outpatient procedure
allows a physician to treat skin cancers. The technique, created by
Mohs, is as follows:
A local anesthetic (usually lidocaine) is injected
around the skin cancer.
The visible portion of the skin cancer is surgically
The physician then removes a thin layer of tissue
at the bed of the cancer.
The entire undersurface and skin edges are then
That tissue is dyed to distinguish between top and
bottom and left from right.
A drawing is made so that the physician can pinpoint
any areas of tumor.
Once the tissue has been removed, it is sectioned
into very thin slices and
examined under a microscope.
After examining the edges and underside of the removed
tissue, the physician
outlines the exact location of any additional areas
of cancer. If more cancer is
found, the procedure is repeated in stages until
the physician finds that no
cancer cells remain.
Why Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
What A Surgeon Needs To Know Before Surgery
A Patient Prepares For Surgery
What A Patient Should Expect During Surgery
Treating The Area Once Surgery Is Complete
Recovery Following Surgery
Patient's Lifestyle Following Surgery