Mohs Micrographic Surgery
MOHS micrographic surgery named after Dr. Frederic E. Mohs is a highly advanced and precise technique for removing skin cancers while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed.
The procedure involves surgically removing a skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope for evidence of tumor roots and repeating the process until a cancer free margin is reached. Your fellowship trained dermatologist will serve as a cancer surgeon, identifying and removing your cancer, a pathologist, determining if your margins are cleared and the cancer is cured, as well as a plastic reconstructive surgeon, to ensure the best cosmetic result.
Mohs micrographic surgery offers the highest potential cure rate, up to 99%. Mohs surgery is used primarily for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, but can also be used for less common tumors affecting the skin and even for melanomas in certain circumstances. Indications include:
Skin cancers located in cosmetically sensitive and functionally important locations on the face, scalp, ears, and hands.
Recurrent skin cancers
Large skin cancers
Skin cancers where the edges are not clearly defined
Skin cancers with aggressive pathology which makes them grow fast and have a higher chance to spread.
Radiation induced skin cancers or cancers in areas of scar tissue
Cancer in young patients (<40 years old)
Cancers in immunocompromised individuals or those with proven difficulty with skin cancers.
What Makes Mohs Surgery So Effective
Mohs Pre-Operative Instructions
Excision Pre-Operative Instructions
Cryosurgery/ Liquid nitrogen Wound Care
Stapled Scalp wound care
Leg wound care and Unna boot care
Wound Care for Sutured Sites
Skin Graft Wound Care
Open Wound Care
Dr. Litani removed a melanoma from my neck last month. You can hardly see the scar from the surgery and everything has gone well. The procedure was beyond my expectations for results and am very pleased. She has seen me through not only my skin issues but also my aesthetic needs.
Dr. Litani is always informative as to what will happen during and after the procedure. She and her team are very professional and show they care whether you are seeking medical treatments or aesthetic treatments. She will guide you to the proper procedure for your specific needs and will tell you what’s best for you, what’s not best for you, what you are ready for and what you are not ready for. In her busy schedule, she always makes the time if urgent issues arise and is very responsive.
Dr. Litani has such a unique perspective when it comes to taking care of her patients, both inside and out. Seeing a board certified dermatologist for cosmetic and medical dermatology is extremely important as you will come to realize...it is all related. She remembers to listen to what life has in store and takes into account the reasons why skin reacts to the things the way it does. I would not trust any other specialist with my skin.