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What is MOHS Surgery?

MOHS micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. The procedure was developed in the 1930's by Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin and is now practiced around the world.

MOHS surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue. It is widely recognized as THE skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate!

Some skin cancers can be deceptively large — far more extensive under the skin than they appear on the surface. These cancers may have "roots" in the skin, or along blood vessels, nerves, or cartilage. Skin cancers that have recurred following previous treatment may send out extensions deep under scar tissue that has formed at the site. MOHS surgery is specially designed to remove these cancers by tracking and removing these cancerous roots. MOHS surgery removes only the cancerous tissue, while the normal tissue is spared.

MOHS micrographic surgery is typically reserved for cancers that are high risk for recurrence or for those skin cancers that have recurred following previous treatment. MOHS surgery is effective for eradicating skin cancer located in areas such as the nose, ears, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet and genitals, in which maximum preservation of healthy tissue is critical for cosmetic or functional purposes.

Dr. Bishop is one of only a very few dermatological surgeons in Brevard County who perform MOHS surgery. His surgical skill is well-known and highly regarded in the community, as a result.