Mohs Surgery in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is an advanced treatment method for skin cancer, and is widely considered the most effective treatment for many types of skin cancer. It is both tissue-sparing, removing the least amount of normal tissue, and has the lowest recurrence rate for most types of skin cancer, therefore being the most effective treatment. Dr. Krathen of Florida Dermatology Specialists is a board-certified micrographic dermatologic surgeon and a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, offering excellence in Mohs surgery to all of our patients.
How Much Does Mohs Surgery Cost?
The cost of Mohs surgery at Florida Dermatology Specialists can vary depending on the extent of treatment needed. In most cases, your treatment may be eligible for coverage by health insurance. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and assess your insurance coverage to estimate the cost of treatment that you will be responsible for.
What is the Mohs Surgery Procedure Like?
Mohs surgery is performed with local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. The surgery is performed by removing one layer of skin tissue at a time. As each layer of skin tissue is removed, it is examined under a microscope to identify the location of remaining cancerous skin cells, if any. This process is repeated until no cancerous cells are found in the skin tissue. Through this process, Mohs surgery ensures that minimal amounts of healthy skin are removed from the body. This results in a smaller wound, as well as the lowest recurrence rate, at 1% for basal cell carcinoma and 3% for squamous cell carcinoma. After the skin cancer has been removed, the treatment area will be cleaned and repaired as needed. In some cases, skin flaps or skin grafts may be used to further repair the wound to restore form and function. Patients should expect to be in the office for several hours the day of the surgery.
What is the Recovery Process for Mohs Surgery?
The recovery process for Mohs surgery can vary depending on the extent of surgery performed. For some patients, it can take 1-2 months for the treatment area to heal completely. Fortunately, recovery from Mohs surgery is not often painful. You can expect some swelling and bruising in the treatment area, and most discomfort can be effectively managed with over the counter pain medications. You may need to take time off from exercise and other activities while the treatment area heals.
How Effective is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is considered to be the most effective skin cancer treatment with up to a 99% cure rate. It also preserves the healthy skin tissue in the treatment area while leaving the smallest scars possible. For these reasons, Mohs surgery is the top treatment choice for most types of skin cancer.
Why Choose Mohs Surgery For Your Skin Cancer?
Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical technique that is used to remove skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is often chosen because it has the highest success rate and can help to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible while removing the cancerous cells.
Why Choose Florida Dermatology Specialists for Mohs Surgery?
Florida Dermatology Specialists is the premier practice for Mohs surgery, as our team is led by Dr. Richard Krathen, board-certified Dermatologist, board-certified Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon, and fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon. With his expertise, we offer the Mohs surgery procedure to patients who are seeking safe and effective skin cancer treatment.
If you are seeking Mohs surgery in Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce or the surrounding areas of Florida, look no further than Florida Dermatology Specialists. Led by Dr. Richard Krathen, a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, we are proud to provide this treatment option to patients dealing with skin cancer. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.