Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. It was originally developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs at the University of Wisconsin and is currently utilized by dermatologists worldwide. Dr. Kwon has been performing Mohs surgery since 2002. Dr. Kwon is a fellow of the American Society of Mohs Surgery.
The value of Mohs surgery lies in the unique ability to precisely evaluate the surgical skin margins of excised skin tumors. Dr. Kwon performs this evaluation for the patient on the same day of surgery. Edges or “margins” of removed cancerous skin tissue are examined under the microscope by Dr. Kwon for signs of spread or microscopic “roots”. Careful small cuts or “stages” are removed as necessary from involved skin areas. Once Dr. Kwon deems these skin margins as being clear of cancerous involvement, he can proceed with the suture repair of the surgical wound site. Dr. Kwon may utilize plastic surgery techniques to do so.
Mohs micrographic surgery accomplishes skin cancer excision, pathological confirmation of complete removal, and surgical repair all on the same day, offering the highest cure rates of all skin cancer treatments. For more information, please visit the American Society for Mohs Surgery website.