What is MOHS Surgery?
Dr. Greenberg understands that finding out you have skin cancer is a scary experience within itself. That’s why we want to ensure your skin cancer dermatology treatment is as accurate and as pain-free as possible. Sunshine State Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center uses Mohs surgery for skin cancer removal. Mohs is a highly specialized skin cancer treatment in which board-certified dermatologist Dr. Greenberg removes very thin layers of the affected skin until all skin cancer has been removed. These very small samples are all examined under a microscope to give our patients the most curative treatment possible. Dr. Greenberg has taken years of extra training to precisely remove any skin cancer with a 99 percent effective rate, all without damaging the skin around the treatment area. He is dual board certified in Mohs surgery and Dermatology.
There are many benefits to receiving Mohs surgery, including:
• 99 percent curative rate of skin cancer with just one treatment
• Protects and preserves skin surrounding the treatment area
• Provides minimal scarring following surgery
Your Mohs surgery will be performed at Sunshine State Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center by Dr. Adam Greenberg. Before your Mohs surgery begins, a local anesthetic will be administered to the treatment area. This is to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. Once numb, Dr. Greenberg will begin gently removing small samples of skin from your treatment area. Each layer of skin will be prepped and then carefully examined underneath a microscope until Dr. Greenberg is sure no cancer cells are present.
We recommend you bring a sweater or jacket, because our office is often kept at cooler temperatures.
A friend or family member for support is a good idea. If you are having surgery near the eye, on your hand, or on your nose, you may want to consider having someone be a driver for you because the post-operative bandage may interfere with your ability to drive home. If you require a driver, but are unable to have a friend or family member drive you, your local American Cancer Society chapter will often have volunteer drivers available for patients requiring cancer treatments.
Our medical team will process your arrival. After our clinical staff brings you in, you will be given time to ask any additional questions so that you can make a comfortable, informed consent prior to beginning the Mohs surgery. The surgeon will then enter the room and mark the area to be removed. After confirming the site with you, the surgeon will notify the clinical staff to gently anesthetize it. Once the area has been numbed, the surgeon will return to the room to perform the Mohs surgery. Following each stage of the procedure (which takes 45 to 60 minutes total), you will be bandaged and escorted back to the waiting room while your tissue is processed. Coffee, drinks, and refreshments will be available for you in our waiting area.
Your Mohs surgery should result in up to a 99 percent curative rate after just one treatment. Following your Mohs surgery, you will be given a detailed set of post-operative care instructions for your treatment area. It’s important you follow these steps very carefully to ensure you have minimal scarring following treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment area following your Mohs surgery, we encourage you to call us at your earliest convenience.
- Non-stick gauze pads
- A clean container of Vaseline or white petrolatum
- Tylenol for pain (we try to avoid ibuprofen because it can add to some post-operative bleeding)
waterproof bandages (if you swim frequently)
NOTE: DO NOT USE OVER THE COUNTER OINTMENTS BECAUSE OF THEIR FREQUENT CAUSE OF ALLERGIC SKIN REACTIONS
Additional instructions will be provided to you by the clinical staff prior to your discharge from the office.
If you’re looking for a highly effective skin cancer treatment that does minimal damage to your surrounding skin, Mohs surgery may be right for you. The best way to find out if Mohs surgery is right for you is to schedule a private consultation with us at Sunshine State Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center. We would be happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, assess your skin, and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help you get your healthiest-looking and -feeling skin. Ideal candidates for Mohs surgery are in good general health and have realistic expectations of their potential results. Call us today at 941-282-3376.