Mohs Surgery Newnan

Mohs Surgery

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., affecting over two million people annually. Along with genetic predisposition and certain biological factors, the use of tanning beds, sun exposure, and sun damage can significantly increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer.

While skin cancer can negatively impact your health and appearance, there are many effective treatment approaches, including Mohs surgery. With a success rate of 99 percent for certain tumors, Mohs surgery has the advantages of a high cure rate, tissue-sparing effects, and cost-effectiveness. Mohs surgery is an excellent option for skin cancers on the head and neck, large tumors, or recurrent skin cancers.

During the surgery, small layers of tissue are excised from the identified tumor; these are then examined microscopically to determine if cancer cells are present at the edges of the sample. If so, more layers are removed, until there are no identified cancer cells left in the samples.


 

The entire procedure takes approximately one to four hours, depending on the size of the tumor, and is performed as an outpatient procedure. Mohs surgery results in the smallest scar possible. Our goal is not only to remove the cancer, but also to leave our patients with minimal visible scarring. We encourage you to explore our information about Mohs surgery to learn what you can expect pre- and post-surgery.

Surgeons performing a Mohs surgery should be board-certified in dermatology, and should be familiar with reconstructive procedures and practices. Your surgeon should also have special training in dermatopathology, and a CLIA-certified lab. As a recognized member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and an accredited fellow in Procedural Dermatology, I not only perform Mohs surgery on a regular basis, but act as a teacher and mentor for other doctors throughout the country. My goal is to provide you with the best care possible and to give you the best health I can.

For more information about Mohs surgery, please explore the provided links at the side of this page. I look forward to meeting you in person. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Mohs surgeon.

Sincerely,

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