Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating the two most common types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. If you live in the Houston, Pearland, or Kingwood, Texas, areas, you have access to expert dermatologist and fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgeons, Joseph Sedrak, MD. At his practice, Texas Skin Center, Dr. Sedrak has successfully treated over 10,000 cases of skin cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer and want to learn more about Mohs surgery — the best treatment available — call the office or schedule a consultation online.
Also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment technique for both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. This surgical procedure is a precise and careful process in which Dr. Sedrak combines the removal of cancerous cells with close microscopic analysis of the tissue.
He removes the cancerous cells from your skin one layer at a time, examining each one under a microscope while you wait. He continues this thorough process until there are no remaining cancer cells in the skin lesion. As a result, Mohs surgery is highly effective at eliminating all cancerous tissue, with the highest success rate — up to 99% for first-time patients and up to 94% cure rate for cancer that recurred after a previous treatment.
Dr. Sedrak completes the treatment in a single, in-office visit, so when he’s finished, you go home cancer-free. And Mohs surgery leaves the smallest scar possible, so it’s ideal for skin cancer on visible areas like your face, neck, and arms.
In addition to having the highest cure rate for basal and squamous cell carcinomas, and leaving only a small scar, Mohs surgery also provides the following advantages:
Even if you’re in the office for several hours while Dr. Sedrak removes cancerous tissue and examines it under a microscope, repeating this process as many times as needed, you can relax comfortably, read, or respond to emails. There’s little downtime involved, and you leave with peace of mind that you have only a 1% chance of the recurrence of skin cancer in the treated area.
Depending on the size and location of the treated area, you may or may not need stitches. In some cases, the wound from surgery heals on its own without further intervention. If you do need stitches or a skin graft to cover the wound, Dr. Sedrak can often do so in the same visit.
If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, or you have an area of concern, and you want the best treatment available, contact the Texas Skin Center location closest to you to schedule a consultation for Mohs surgery. You can also make an appointment through the convenient online booking system, anytime.