Mohs surgery is unique in its precision and ability to fully remove skin cancers in a single treatment session. Cancerous cells are removed in fine layers and studied under a microscope before additional tissue is taken. This ensures Dr. Arlette can fully remove cancerous tissue, while leaving healthy tissue intact.
There are numerous benefits to Mohs surgery in Calgary over other forms of surgical excision, which is why this procedure continues to be a top choice in skin cancer treatment today. First, the procedure removes less healthy tissue, since each layer is carefully inspected for cancerous cells. Traditional surgical excision typically relies on the guesswork of the physician and removal of a larger area of tissue to ensure the cancer is eliminated. Removal of less tissue also means less scarring after the procedure.
Mohs surgery has also been highly touted as one of the most effective treatments for skin cancer. Cure rates for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are as high as 99% when Mohs surgery is used. Other forms of treatment typically only yield an 80% success rate for previously treated cancers.