Learn about the exact, extraordinary care with our skin cancer treatment, mohs surgery
A lot goes through your mind when you hear the word “cancer”. What stage is it? Do I need surgery? How does that work?
Fortunately, Dr. Anthony Petelin, Dr. James Young and Dr. Lara Rosenbaum are three of the few skin cancer surgeons in Arizona to complete accredited fellowships in Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery. Their specialized skills in diagnosing and treating skin cancer provides you with unmatched service and treatment beyond compare to help put you at ease.
Mohs surgery, also known as chemosurgery, was created by a general surgeon, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, at the University of Wisconsin. It is a microscopically controlled surgery used to treat common types of skin cancer. Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. During the surgery, after each removal of tissue, the surgeon examines the tissue specimen in real time for cancer cells, and that examination informs the surgeon where to remove tissue next.
Mohs surgery is one of the many methods of obtaining complete margin control during removal of a skin cancer. Mohs surgery allows for the removal of a skin cancer with very narrow surgical margin and a high cure rate. Mohs surgery requires very specific skills, therefore, it is generally reserved for treatment of skin cancers on the head and neck region or those which meet certain criteria, such as recurrent or exceptionally large tumors.
“Usually by the time I’ve decided I needed professional help my issue is a mess and I’m quite unraveled but after my visit as I walk out the door I feel confident my issue will soon be resolved and I will be feeling comfortable again!”