Mohs Micrographical Surgery in Boca Raton, FL
Located in Boca Raton, and serving the residents of West Palm Beach and all of South Florida, Sanctuary Medical Center offers treatment for skin cancer and other medical dermatology conditions that require the assistance of a dermatologist.
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the single most effective surgical technique to remove the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. With this type of skin cancer treatment, one of our physicians can precisely identify and remove an entire tumor leaving healthy skin intact. This procedure offers the highest potential rate of cure—as high as 99 percent* even with skin cancers that have been previously treated.
*Cure rates vary from person to person.
What is Involved in Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery involves slowly removing thin layers of skin cancer one layer at a time and examining them under a microscope to detect cancer cells. The main advantage of this technique is that it allows minimal tissue to be removed while ensuring all the cancer cells have been removed. This process is continued until no cancer cells are visible.
How Long Does Mohs Micrographic Surgery Take?
Because the surgery involves removing each layer one at a time, the entire procedure may take several hours to complete. The surgery typically takes two to four hours. Much of the procedure requires waiting time to examine the skin cells, so we suggest that you bring reading material to occupy your time.
Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery Painful?
In order to prevent pain, we can inject a local anesthetic to numb the skin around the carcinoma.
What is the Recovery from Mohs Micrographic Surgery Like?
Recovery can take two to four weeks depending on the extent of the surgery as well as the location. Immediately following the procedure, it is common for the wound to develop a small red circle around it which is nothing more than inflammation and is very normal. If a red bumpy rash that itches develops, let our office know as it is usually an allergic reaction to either the tape or antibiotic ointment. For patients whose surgery is around the eyes, it is common to have some mild to moderate swelling and occasional bruising. This can be relieved with ice packs for 15 minutes every hour for 24 to 48 hours after surgery. There may be some redness and tightness around the wound once it has healed that gradually diminishes. If nerves are involved in the surgical area, there may be some numbness that may take up to a year or more for any sensation to return. Once the wound has healed, it will be necessary to return to our office for annual follow up visits.
Does This Surgery Leave a Scar?
Unfortunately, Mohs Micrographic Surgery typically does leave a scar although it is minimal. Once the incision has completely healed, if the scar is extremely noticeable, you can discuss reconstructive surgery in that area.
Does Insurance Cover Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Although health insurance policies vary, most health insurance policies cover some or all of the costs involved in Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Our staff is more than happy to determine what your policy covers and answer any questions you may have.
What is the Cost of Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL?
The costs of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Our staff is happy to help you determine if health insurance covers part or all of the costs. Additionally, we can help you with financing options for any expenses you may incur.
Additional Skin Cancer Treatments Available:
The physicians and staff at Sanctuary Medical Center provide personalized care for our Medical Dermatology patients in Boca Raton. We use the most advanced technologies in dermatology to help our patients maintain optimum skin health and restore self-confidence by revitalizing their appearance. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, contact us today to speak with our friendly staff.
It is important with Mohs Micrographical Surgery treatment to maintain good sun protection with the use of sunscreen of 50+, sun hats and avoiding the sun at the hottest times of the day.”