Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery

Biological_MicroscopeMohs micrographic surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. The procedure is performed by specially trained surgeons who have completed at least one additional year of fellowship training, in addition to the physician’s three-year dermatology residency.

Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment that has been continuously refined over 70 years. With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Because the physician is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99 percent. The Mohs technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.

Click here to download a video and learn more about the Mohs procedure.  This video was produced by the American College of Mohs Surgery.  Their website is www.mohscollege.org.

 

Now Mohs Can Be Performed in All Three DDC Offices

Since DDC opened its latest Mohs lab in the Wheat Ridge office in 2010, patients have the option of getting the Mohs procedure done in ANY of the three DDC locations!

Robert C. Wright, MD and Erin M Welch, MD have the specialized skills to perform Mohs surgery. Dr. Wright trained in Mohs surgery with Dr Mohs directly, and he is a member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. Dr Welch trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Yale University and she is a member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.