South Central Dermatologists Conduct MOHS Surgery
MOHS micrographic surgery is a surgical technique used for removing many types of skin cancers. This technique is often mentioned as having the highest cure rate for basal cell carcinoma, known as the most common type of skin cancer. MOHS surgery differs from other treatments in that it allows the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue. South Central dermatologists David Roy, D.O., and Amy Adams, D.O., are pleased to provide MOHS surgery to the residents of South Central Mississippi.
Dr. Frederic E. MOHS created MOHS surgery to be used as a microscopically controlled procedure for treating common types of skin cancer. During the surgery, skin layers that contain cancer are removed and studied until only tissue that is free of cancer remains.
Dr. David Roy further explains the process associated with MOHS surgery. “With this procedure we do not use general anesthesia, so it is much safer. We treat the cleansed area and use a local anesthetic. We examine not just sections of the tissue, but 100 percent of the margin, edge and bottom of the tissue. This gives you a higher cure rate and allows us to remove less tissue. By using this technique, we can be very conservative with the cut, but still know we removed all of the cancer.”
MOHS surgery provides an exact result while studying the layer of tissue. If cancerous cells are detected, the process is duplicated until all tissues are free of cancer. Although MOHS surgery provides the smallest cut and highest cure rate, not all patients are candidates for the procedure.
“If a patient is not a candidate for MOHS surgery, there are other treatment options that are offered,” states Dr. Roy. “Radiation therapy, watchful waiting on non-aggressive tumors and many other options are available. We can provide a lot of choices for our patients.”
South Central Dermatology has recently opened a new clinic at 1410 Jefferson Street, located behind South Central Urgent Care in Laurel. The new clinic offers state of the art technology and allows Dr. Roy and Dr. Adams to perform procedures and testing at the clinic.
“At our new clinic, we have four surgical suites with a dedicated suite for MOHS procedures, an onsite laboratory and the newest technology to provide the most effective care to our patients,” says Dr. Adams.
South Central Dermatology in Laurel offers MOHS surgery, along with treatment of skin cancer, skin infections, and all conditions related to hair, skin and nails. The clinic is open to new patients and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.
For more information about MOHS surgery or to schedule an appointment, please call South Central Dermatology Clinic at 601-425-4860 or visit scrmc.com.
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