Mohs Surgery

Eagle Dermatology -  - Dermatologist

Eagle Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Eagle, ID

If you’ve been diagnosed with basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, the two most common types of skin cancer, Mohs surgery is one of the most effective treatment options. As a board-certified dermatologist at Eagle Dermatology in Eagle, Idaho, Gabriel Guerrero, DO, is experienced in Mohs micrographic surgery and provides patients of all ages with the best skin cancer treatment available. Call or book a consultation online to find out if Mohs surgery is the best course of action for you.

Mohs Surgery Q&A

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is widely considered to be the most effective, state-of-the-art treatment option for many basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. Dr. Guerrero is specially trained and skilled in this technique.

He performs the surgery in various stages while you wait. This process allows Dr. Guerrero to remove all the cancerous cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs surgery also leaves the smallest potential scar and has the highest recovery rate.

In order to perform this specialized surgery, doctors must be proficient in the following:

  • Surgery to remove cancerous tissue
  • Pathology to analyze the cells
  • Surgery to close and reconstruct the wound for minimal scarring

With his specialized training in surgical dermatology and dermatopathology (the microscopic study of cancerous cells), Dr. Guerrero can perform Mohs micrographic surgery on even the most challenging cases, giving you the best chance for a favorable outcome.

What can I expect during Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery takes just one visit to complete all three stages, and Dr. Guerrero gives you a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. First, he removes a layer of the cancerous tissue and inspects it under a microscope. If cancerous cells still remain on your skin, he can pinpoint exactly where to remove another layer of tissue.

He repeats this process of removal and analysis until there are no more cancerous skin cells in the area. Dr. Guerrero is careful not to remove or damage any healthy surrounding tissue.

What are the advantages of Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery has many advantages, including the fact that it’s a single outpatient treatment — you won’t have to worry about a long hospital stay. Also, since Dr. Guerrero analyzes your tissue on the spot, the results are accurate and precise. By the time your surgery is complete, you can be sure that he has examined the area thoroughly, under a microscope, and removed every visible abnormal cell.

With a 99% cure rate for first-time treatment and 94% cure rate for recurring cancer from a prior treatment, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of curing your basal cell or squamous cell cancer.

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer and want the best treatment available, call Eagle Dermatology or book a consultation online now. Mohs surgery could save your life.