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About the Procedure

Mohs Surgery Step by Step

This method involves five seperate steps:

  1. Removal of the bulk of the cancer with a skin scraper (curette).
  2. Surgical removal of a thin layer of skin.
  3. Drawing a map and preparing the stained frozen tissue sections.
  4. Examination of the excised tissue under the microscope. After the tissue is removed, it is marked with colored dyes to distinguish the different skin edges.
  5. Procedure steps 2 through 4 are repeated, but only in the area of the remaining cancer. Only by careful, systematic microscopic examination of the removed skin can one be as certain as possible that no cancer cells remain.