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Mohs surgery has become the gold standard of skin cancer treatment, most commonly used to treat basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). This procedure works by gradually removing the tumour in small layers while examining the tissue microscopically. This aids in preserving as much healthy tissue as possible, and increases the confidence that all the cancerous cells have been removed. The Mohs technique allows us to carefully map excision margins, and this precision makes it an effective tool against skin cancer.
HOW DOES MOHS SURGERY WORK?
MOHs treatment is a specialised process that is typically recommended for certain types of skin cancer. During the procedure, local anaesthetic is applied before the surgeon gently removes the visible tumour and a thin layer of tissue. This tissue sample then goes to the lab where it is processed and carefully examined under a microscope for any remaining cancer cells. If there are indeed any present, an additional thin layer of tissue will be removed and examined. This process continues until all layers test negative before healthy tissue margins are checked for clearance. Often, this process can take up to an hour per iteration, so the duration will depend on how many layers need to be removed to fully clear the tumour.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You will usually be able to return home on the day of the operation and we suggest that you bring a relative or friend with you to accompany you.
The surgery is carried out using local anaesthesia unless an alternative has been discussed with you. You will therefore be awake during the operation however the area being operated on will be numbed so you should feel no discomfort. Some patients may receive pre-medication which will bring on some drowsiness.
Please abstain from alcohol and avoid all medications containing Aspirin for five days prior to surgery. Unless advised to the contrary, on the day of surgery, please take any regular medications and eat a normal breakfast.
While the removed tissue is being tested for cancerous cells in the lab, you will be able to relax in your room or cubicle. Please bring something to read and Wi-Fi is available. Refreshments are available or you may prefer to bring a snack with you.
Depending where the tumour is situated, during your consultation the doctor will have discussed the possible options for repair after the tumour is removed. It may be that the repair will be done during the same appointment once the tumour has been removed or it may be that another surgeon will carry out the procedure at another time. If the wound does not need any further treatment and is to heal naturally, you will be given instructions on the care routine you need to follow.
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WHY TREAT YOUR SKIN CANCER AT STRATUM DERMATOLOGY CLINICS?
If you are looking for a private skin cancer clinic, Stratum Dermatology Clinics have clinics nationwide offering mole checking, mole removal and skin cancer treatment. Here at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, we understand how skin conditions can negatively impact your life. We help hundreds of patients each month and our dermatology experts have a wealth of experience in the assessment, treatment and management of all types of skin cancers.
During your consultation at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, your condition will be assessed by an expert consultant dermatologist who will discuss the most appropriate treatment for you. If you would like your moles checked for peace of mind, are worried you may have skin cancer or would like to discuss treatment options available to you, book a consultation today.
We work with leading experts in the field of dermatology to ensure you have the best experience and treatment. Stratum Dermatology Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify so you can assure safe and effective acne treatment with us. Both Stratum Dermatology Clinics and the consultants who work here are recognised by the main healthcare insurance providers.
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