Understanding MOHS Surgery

How Mohs Surgery from your dermatologist in Port Charlotte, FL, can protect your health

If you spend a lot of time out in the sun, you are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and there is a revolutionary new way to diagnose and treat the condition. It’s called Mohs surgery and it’s available from your dermatologist.

Dr. Manuel Hernandez in Port Charlotte, FL, offers comprehensive dermatology and Mohs skin cancer surgery to residents of Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and Arcadia, FL.

Most people don’t know enough about Mohs surgery and how it works. If you are at risk of skin cancer, you need to understand more about Mohs surgery.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a new, much less invasive way to treat skin cancer. It has a cure rate of 99% for initial cases of skin cancer, and 94% for recurrent cases. Mohs surgery is an excellent option for the more sensitive areas of the head, neck, and extremities.

During a Mohs surgery procedure, abnormal skin cells are removed, one layer at a time. Each layer is examined under a microscope. If abnormal or cancerous cells are present, another layer of tissue is removed and microscopically examined. Tissue is removed until healthy skin cells are found.

Mohs surgery offers many advantages when compared to conventional skin cancer surgery, including:

  • Convenience, because Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no hospital stay
  • Comfort, because Mohs surgery typically only requires local anesthetic
  • Appearance, because only a minimal amount of tissue is removed, leaving little to no scarring behind

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To discover more about Mohs surgery and how it can help protect your health, call Dr. Manuel Hernandez in Port Charlotte, FL, serving residents of Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and Arcadia, FL. You can reach him in the office by calling (941) 764-7773, so call today.