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By Academic Dermatology
January 10, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer and recently been recommended to undergo MOHS Surgery? If so, you most likely have a few questions, and we're here to give you the information and assurance you need to approach this situation with confidence. Read on to learn all about this reliable skin cancer treatment, and make an appointment with Dr. Whitney Tope of Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, to make an appointment.

What is MOHS surgery?

Developed in the 1930s by a general surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, MOHS surgery achieves excellent outcomes for patients with many types of skin cancer, including basal and squamous cell, melanoma, and others. It features a high cure rate and preserves personal appearance, function, and tissue integrity.

MOHS Surgery performed here at our Edina office uses a microscope and detailed mapping strategies to define cancer tissue margins. Dr. Tope removes the lesion in layers to clearly see where the cancer ends and the healthy tissue begins.

This means complete cancer removal, faster healing, and best of all, no guesswork. MOHS features dramatically less cancer recurrence, too, according to the American College of MOHS Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

What kind of anesthesia will I need?

Local anesthetic likely will be your doctor's first choice. You can go home the same day and experience little downtime.

Will I be cured of my cancer?

The beauty of MOHS surgery is its tremendous effectiveness. Cure rates are as high as 99 percent, and the Skin Cancer Foundation explains that cosmetic results are excellent, even on the most delicate areas of the face.

Your healthiest skin

Here at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, MOHS Surgery by Dr. Whitney Pope could be the blue-ribbon treatment you need. Contact us today at (952) 746-6090 to schedule an appointment.