Mohs micrographic surgery
Maximum curation, minimal tissue damage
With this type of surgery, skin cancer can be eradicated optimally, while healthy tissue (often in the face) can be saved as much as possible. After excision of the tumour, the tissue is prepared and examined under a microscope by the dermatologist, who can immediately see if all skin cancer has been removed. If still some tumour is present, by means of graphical mapping the dermatologist can determine very exactly which part of the tissue needs to be excised further. With this method 100% of excision margins are examined on tumour tissue, compared to 0.1% with a standard excision. When the area is clear of tumour, the defect is closed. The whole procedure is carried out in 1 day.
While the tissue is being examined, the patient and accompanying person can stay in the specially equipped waiting room in the expertise centre.
Advantages of Mohs surgery:
- The final result and the reconstruction are all done on the same day
- The greatest possible chance that the skin cancer has been completely irradicated
- The lowest risk that the skin cancer will return
The operation technique is named after the American surgeon Frederik E. Mohs who developed the technique between 1940-1950.