Mohs micrographic surgery—so named after its developer Dr. Frederic E. Mohs—is a complex yet effective procedure to remove basal and squamous cell carcinomas (skin cancers). Although it is a more time consuming procedure, the cure rates are much higher versus other methods for certain skin cancers.
In Mohs surgery, the physician excises thin sections of tissue and then a Mohs technician preserves and fixes the tissues onto slides. After examining the slides microscopically, the physician removes more thin sections of tissue but only from the areas where the tumor is still present and only until the margins are clear. In essence, this traces out the roots of the tumor with minimal tissue removal.
After Dr. Beverly determines that the margins are clear, the wound is closed by either Dr. Beverly or Dr. Ernest Robinson. Dr. Robinson is board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery with expertise in Mohs surgical repair; he will typically close larger wounds that are located on the face to minimize the esthetic impact of the closure. Dr. Beverly and Dr. Robinson have worked together on Mohs cases for nearly 20 years (since 1996).
Dr. Beverly offers Mohs at either our Aliso Viejo (Orange County) office or at the Pacific Hills Surgery Center in Laguna Hills. See FAQ below for more details.
For more information on Mohs, check out the Patient Brochure by the American Society for Mohs Surgery.