University of Minnesota Health providers specialize in unique therapies and treatments for skin cancer including Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure to treat aggressive cancer, as well as cancer in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the face and around the eyes.
With the Mohs procedure, dermatologic surgeons remove the skin areas containing cancer layer by layer, examining each layer under a microscope for abnormal cells. The surgery progresses until only cancer-free tissue remains. This procedure eliminates cancerous cells without removing much of the surrounding healthy skin.
Mohs surgery is an improvement over other standard surgeries, because it allows physicians to confirm the cancer is eliminated at the time of the surgery, which increases the chance of a cure and reduces the need for multiple surgeries.