Mohs surgery is the most precise and effective treatment of various types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma. Roberta Sengelmann, MD, and Mark Burnett, MD, are fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons at Santa Barbara Skin Institute in Santa Barbara, California. If you’re looking for skin cancer treatment with the Mohs technique, call or book an appointment online today.
Mohs micrographic surgery is named after the developer of this technique, Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin. Originally developed in the 1930s, Mohs surgery has since been refined into an advanced procedure with the highest success rates for curing all types of skin cancer.
This microscopically controlled procedure is up to 99% effective at removing skin cancer, but only trained surgeons can perform it. Dr. Sengelmann and Dr. Burnett are fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons at Santa Barbara Skin Institute.
Mohs surgery is successful in treating and removing an increasing variety of skin cancer types. Dr. Sengelmann and Dr. Burnett use Mohs surgery to treat several types of skin cancer, including:
This procedure cures the most common type of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) and the most dangerous type (melanoma).
Mohs micrographic surgery occurs in stages, all in one visit. During the procedure, Dr. Sengelmann or Dr. Burnett removes a thin layer of tissue from your skin and examines it under a microscope.
If they detect any cancer cells, they know exactly where the cancer remains due to their specialized training. Then, they remove another layer and microscopically examine it. This process continues until no cancer cells remain.
The Mohs technique ensures the removal of all cancer cells while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
In addition to high rates of success, Mohs surgery offers several unique advantages. Benefits of Mohs surgery include:
Mohs micrographic surgery effectively cures skin cancer where other treatments have failed. This advanced technique also maximizes the functional and cosmetic outcome after surgery by reducing the amount of healthy tissue removed.
Due to the high success rates, most patients only need a single surgery to remove their skin cancer. Dr. Sengelmann or Dr. Burnett can perform reconstructive surgery to repair the wound at the same time.
To find out if Mohs surgery is right for you, call Santa Barbara Skin Institute or book an appointment online today.