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Mohs Surgery: Precise Treatment for Skin Cancer

Mohs micrographic surgery, also known as Mohs surgery, is a cutting-edge and meticulous technique for the removal of skin cancer. This specialized procedure is the gold standard of treatment for certain skin cancers, depending on their tumor type, size, and location. Mohs surgery is particularly advantageous because it allows for the precise removal of cancerous tissue while maximally preserving healthy surrounding skin. At our practice, Dr. Parth Patel, a fellowship-trained and board-certified Mohs surgeon performs Mohs surgery weekly and has years of cases under his belt.

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery is a multi-stage procedure performed by a specially trained surgeon. Here’s a breakdown of the process:

  1. Removal of Visible Tumor: The surgeon removes the visible portion of the skin cancer using a local anesthetic.
  2. Tissue Mapping and Removal of Thin Layers: A thin layer of surrounding tissue is then removed and mapped. This tissue is sent to a laboratory on-site, where it’s meticulously examined under a microscope for cancerous cells.
  3. Repeat and Evaluation: If cancer cells are present in the removed layer, the surgeon repeats steps 1 and 2, removing another thin layer of tissue only from the areas where cancer cells were found. This process continues until all margins of the tissue are free of cancer.
  4. Reconstruction: Once the cancer is completely removed, the surgeon will perform reconstructive surgery to close the wound, depending on the size and location of the treated area.

Benefits of Mohs Surgery:

  • High Cure Rate: Mohs surgery boasts a very high cure rate, often exceeding 99% for certain skin cancers.
  • Preserves Healthy Tissue: By removing only cancerous tissue in thin layers, Mohs surgery minimizes damage to healthy surrounding skin, resulting in smaller scars.
  • Ideal for Sensitive Areas: This technique is particularly beneficial for treating skin cancer on cosmetically sensitive areas like the face, ears, nose, hands, and feet.

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Introducing Our Fellowship-Trained, Board-Certified Mohs Surgeon:

At our practice, we are proud to have Dr. Parth Patel, a fellowship-trained and board-certified Mohs surgeon, on our team. Dr. Parth Patel possesses extensive experience and expertise in Mohs surgery and reconstruction, ensuring you receive the most advanced and effective treatment for your skin cancer. He has consistently been named a top Mohs surgeon in the area – Somerset County, Middlesex County, and Hunterdon County! Patients travel quite a distance, including patients out-of-state, to have their skin cancers treated by him, for his expertise and optimal outcomes.

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