What is MOHS Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a specialized technique that allows for the complete removal of skin cancer while sparing normal neighboring skin. This method allows Dr. Bloom to remove the cancer under microscopic control, thus greatly improving the cure rate as well as minimizing the size of the final surgical wound. It achieves the highest cure rate (99%) for most types of skin cancers. Read More
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia (injections with numbing medication.) After the area is numb, a layer of skin surrounding the cancer is removed. The removed tissue is then processed in our on-site laboratory and examined by Dr. Bloom under the microscope. Dr. Bloom can determine whether any cancer remains and where it is. If there is still skin cancer left, you will return to the surgical room for additional surgery. These steps are repeated until the area is CLEAR of cancer.
Dr. Bloom has extensive training and experience in the closing of surgical wounds. In most circumstances, Dr. Bloom will close the wound on the same day or let the wound heal on its own. The decision on how to repair the wound is made after completion of surgery, weighing benefits of closure versus healing by second intention.
Mohs surgery can be a lengthy process since it is impossible to know how large a cancer is until it is completely removed. Most patients are finished in 1-3 hours. Wound care instructions will be provided at the end of the appointment.
Questions to Ask
If you would like to consult with Dr. Bloom regarding recovery time, wound care, anticoagulants (including aspirin), etc. this can easily be arranged before or at the time of your appointment. We encourage our patients to check with primary care physician before discontinuing any medications.
As a courtesy to our patients, we will file your insurance claims on your behalf. Any copay, deductible, or coinsurance is due on the day of your surgery. If you are unable to take care of the full amount when payment is due, payment options are available to those who qualify. If the patient does not have insurance Self-Pay options are available. Our intent is to provide quality care and services to all patients regardless of their financial situation.
If you need to reschedule, we ask that you do so at least 2 business days in advance of your appointment. We understand that unforeseen circumstances arise, and we appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule.