Q: What is Mohs Surgery?
A: Mohs surgery is named after its founder, Dr. Frederick Mohs. Mohs micrographic surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancers. During the procedure, layers of cancerous skin cells are removed and undergo precise pathological examination to make sure that all surgical margins are free of cancer. In some cases, a Plastic Surgeon may be consulted to assist in the closure of a soft tissue defect.
Q: In what cases is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon needed to close a Mohs defect?
A: Closure of a Mohs defect will vary depending on the location, size and extent of the involved tissues. This procedure can be as simple as primary closure, or requiring local flaps or skin grafts. Often times when patients undergo Mohs surgery (especially for defects on the face or scalp), a Plastic Surgeon can assist in providing a more aesthetically pleasing result.
Q: What does the procedure entail and what is the recovery?
A: The procedure is usually performed on the same day or within 24 hours after the Mohs procedure. Our patients will have a consultation with one of our Plastic Surgeons who will evaluate the defect and go over the best reconstructive options prior to the procedure. Most Mohs closure procedures are outpatient, allowing patients to return home the same day. During the recover period, patients are asked to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Patients will return for follow up within 1 week of the procedure.