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An Introduction to Mohs Micrographic Surgery, by Dr. David Weingold

October 24, 2012

Developed nearly a century ago, Mohs micrographic surgery remains one of the most effective treatments for several forms of skin cancer. The procedure removes the cancerous skin layer by layer. With each layer, the practitioner examines the tissue under a microscope, continuing the procedure until the tissue appears free of cancer. This technique ensures the complete removal of cancer, which minimizes the chances of it growing back. In addition, it requires the removal of very little healthy tissue, resulting in a better cosmetic outcome, considering the practitioner generally repairs the site of tissue removal the same day as the procedure. Whereas other methods rely on estimates of the amount of tissue affected by cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery ensures the excision of the entire cancerous region without excess loss of healthy skin.

About the Author:
Dr. David Weingold diagnoses and treats a full range of skin conditions, including cancers. A graduate of the Yale Medical School, Dr. David Weingold completed a residency in dermatology at Duke Medical Center.