Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery (or simply Mohs Surgery) is an innovative option for the treatment of skin cancers that offers a projected 99% cure rate for such cancers, the highest potential cure rate for available treatment options. It is a technique that may be performed by a trained Mohs surgeon, such as Dr. Molly Warthan, in order to remove the least amount of tissue possible, which offers superior cosmetic results, while still allowing the Mohs surgeon to remove the entire tumor. Additionally, Dr. Molly Warthan is trained in reconstructive surgery, which means she can properly and precisely repair the skin and underlying tissue to eliminate or minimize scarring.
It is important to understand that a skin cancer that is visible to you or your physician may have roots or fingers that extend deeper than what you can see with your eyes. A Mohs surgeon is able to remove the cancer, process the pathology in the office (while you wait), and evaluate the cancer under the microscope to ensure there is a complete clearance of the cancer. Once complete, clearance of the tumor the Mohs surgeon will repair the area. Significantly, the Mohs surgery process preserves more normal tissue than any other method available, while at the same time allowing the surgeon to trace and eradicate areas of tumor that are invisible to the naked eye.
The type of cancers that are the most likely to benefit from Mohs Micrographic Surgery include skin cancers that:
- Are located in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the eyes, nose, lips, scalp, ears, fingers, toes, or genitals;
- Are large, aggressive, or growing rapidly;
- Are recurrent; and/or
- Have ill-defined edges.
To summarize, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon in order to provide the patient with the most optimal cure rate for his or her skin cancer.
Dr. Molly Warthan is a board-certified Dermatologist who has completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and has extensive surgical training, including surgical reconstruction on the face, head, and neck. She is the only fellowship trained Mohs Surgeon located in McKinney, Texas.
If you believe that you know someone in the North Dallas area could benefit from the Mohs Micrographic Surgery process, please feel free to contact Dr. Molly Warthan at (972)-542-4646.