Moh’s Surgery

MOH's Mountain View, CAIf you have something on your skin that you feel may be cancerous, it’s easy to fall down the rabbit-hole of scary internet diagnoses. Warnings about wearing sunscreen and how to avoid skin cancer happen so often that it can be a little scary to find that you actually have what everyone is trying to avoid.
But, before you let worries take control, it’s important to understand that there are different types of skin cancer, and many can be safely removed. Keep reading to learn about the Moh’s surgery procedure, and how it can be used to help remove cancerous spots from your skin.

Step 1

The roots of skin cancer may extend beyond the visible portion of the tumor, and it’s important to collect all of the tissue which may have cancerous cells. If the roots of the tumor aren’t removed, the cancer will make a resurgence. The procedure starts with your provider examining the visible lesion and determining what tissue to remove.

Step 2

We remove the visible portion of the tumor using careful surgical techniques.

Step 3

We next remove a slightly deeper layer of skin and split it up into sections which are then color-coded with dye. We will make reference marks on the skin to show where we extracted each section. A map of the surgical site is drawn up so we can see exactly where each portion of tissue came from.

Step 4

In a lab, we utilize a microscope to examine the undersurface and all edges of each section of skin, looking for signs of cancer.

Step 5

If we do find cancer cells under the microscope, we mark their location on the “map” and return to you to remove another slightly deeper layer of skin in that spot.

Step 6

The surgery is complete when there is no longer any evidence of cancer. Because Moh’s surgery removes only the tissue containing cancer, it leaves the smallest scar and the most healthy skin intact.

If you’re interested in learning more about Moh’s surgery and how we can help, give us a call at (650) 962-4600 to schedule a consultation today.

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