Mohs Surgery is a remarkable technique, to completely remove skin cancer and offer the best possible cosmetic outcome.
Dr Ioulios Palamaras, one of our experienced Mohs surgeons, explains how the technique combines medical and cosmetic benefits.
The difficulty with cancer treatment, is that surgeons want to be sure they erase all cancerous cells, to avoid recurrence, or spreading of the tumour.
With traditional cancer surgery, as a precaution, a wide margin of normal skin and tissue are often removed. Mohs surgery at our London clinic eliminates the guesswork, removing only the cancerous tissue.
This eliminates unnecessary cosmetic damage, whilst making sure treatment is effective. The efficiency of Mohs has been well researched and in skilled hands, the approach brings exceptional results.
The Mohs Approach
Once a patient is prepared for surgery, the cancerous skin cells are carefully taken away by surgical excision, in thin layers. Each layer of tissue removed is examined under a microscope, during the operation.
Patients are not inconvenienced, they can take a break before the process continues, layer by layer. Once healthy, cancer free tissue is reached, the Mohs surgeon knows enough has been taken and surgery can come to an end.
This combination of unique surgery and in surgery histology completely removes the tumour and has the highest success rate of any skin cancer treatment. You are welcome to see an overview video on Mohs and the advantages this holds.
The timing of a surgeon’s hands and up to date theatre technology come together. For a reliable cure with the best aesthetic outcome, the smallest possible wound.
The Mohs Rationale
Skin cancers can be deceptively large, more extensive under the skin than on the surface. In Mohs surgery, your surgeon will track the tumours along blood vessels, nerves, or cartilage, removing all the cancerous roots but only those.
Prior to Mohs, predicting, or controlling precisely how much skin would need to be removed was difficult. The final area could be only slightly larger than the cancer, or the removal of deep roots might result in a sizeable defect.
Mohs surgery is particularly useful for cancers located in areas of the face and neck, such as the nose, ears, eyelids, lips, or areas where there is not much spare skin, your hands, or genitals.
Conservation of healthy tissue is so important in these areas. For cosmetic reasons and to preserve natural function, to see that a cure also brings a return to normal life.
Our Group Committment
Although recognised by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as being the “gold standard” for treating high risk, or recurrent skin cancer, Mohs is practiced by few surgeons in the UK.
Skin Care Network have invested in the specialised surgical and laboratory facilities required to make Mohs surgery available in London. Leading Mohs surgeons, are also resident at our clinics.
They are supported by specially trained, Mohs nursing and technical staff. Together, they offer the most advanced treatment for skin cancer possible, prevalent types such as basal, or squamous cell carcinomas and less common cancers, including lentigo maligna.
Cure rates are well documented and higher than standard surgical, or other methods. If you would like to talk to us about Mohs surgery in London, by all means call, or arrange a personal consultation.