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Mohs Surgery Specialist

Dermatology Center

Dermatology located in Orem, UT

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. Surgery to remove the cancerous lesion is the primary course of treatment. At the Dermatology Center in Orem, Utah, experienced dermatologists Kraig Jenson, MD, and Devin Burr, DO, perform Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer lesions. With Mohs surgery, the dermatologists remove all the cancerous tissue while causing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. To schedule a Mohs surgery consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Mohs Surgery Q&A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is a specialized surgical procedure for the treatment of skin cancer. 

During Mohs surgery, the skin cancer experts at the Dermatology Center remove and examine thin layers of skin that contain cancer. They continue this process until only cancer-free tissue remains.

With Mohs surgery, the Dermatology Center removes as much cancerous tissue as possible while minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. 

Am I a candidate for Mohs surgery?

Schedule a consultation at the Dermatology Center to see if Mohs surgery is an option for removing your skin cancer. The skin experts perform Mohs surgery primarily to treat common types of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. 

You may be a candidate for Mohs surgery if you have one of these more common types of skin cancer and you have a risk of recurrence. The surgical procedure also benefits patients with lesions where skin preservation is important, such as the face, hands, feet, or genitals.

The skin cancer experts at the Dermatology Center may also perform Mohs surgery to remove certain types of melanomas or other unusual forms of skin cancer.  

Taking a patient-centered approach to care, the dermatologists determine the right treatment for your skin cancer based on your specific needs.

What happens during Mohs surgery?

Your dermatologist performs your Mohs surgery in the outpatient setting near a pathology lab. They perform your surgery under local anesthesia.

During Mohs surgery, your dermatologist removes the outer layer of your cancerous lesion and a thin layer of tissue underneath. They examine the cancerous tissue under a microscope. 

Your dermatologist continues to remove layers of tissue until they reach the layer that’s free of cancer.

Mohs surgery allows the dermatologist to verify that they remove all cancerous cells at the time of surgery, increasing your chances of a cure and reducing your need for additional treatments. 

What happens after Mohs surgery?

After Mohs surgery, your dermatologist uses appropriate techniques to assist in healing the surgical wound — bandage, sutures, or skin graft — and schedules follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.

The Dermatology Center also schedules routine skin cancer exams to continue to monitor for changes. 

To schedule your Mohs surgery consultation at the Dermatology Center, call the office or click the online booking button today.