Mohs surgery is one of the safest and most effective skin cancer treatments for non-melanoma skin cancers.
By excising a thin layer of tissue and examining it under a microscope, Mohs ensures that all cancer cells are removed and preserves the greatest amount of healthy tissue for excellent cosmetic outcomes.
Continue reading to learn all about the process for Mohs surgery in Marietta, GA, and what patients can expect from the procedure.
What’s the Process for Mohs Surgery in Marietta GA?
Mohs surgery in Marietta GA is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that should be performed by a highly skilled and experienced Mohs surgeon like Dr. Johnathan L. Chappell.
During the procedure, the first level of cancerous cells is removed for microscopic examination. Once the sample has been collected, the surgeon draws a corresponding map to ensure correct orientation on the patient.
Tissue is then stained, to prepare a microscopic slide, and analyzed to determine which margins, if any, have cancerous cells.
If cancerous cells are identified, the process is repeated until the surgeon confirms that the malignant lesion and all cancerous roots have been fully removed.
How Should Patients Prepare for a Mohs Procedure?
Prior to undergoing Mohs surgery in Marietta GA, patients will have a thorough consultation, during which Dr. Chappell with explain every aspect of the procedure in great detail.
While the actual removal of tissue is fairly quick, it can take several hours to analyze the sample via microscopy. As such, patients should bring a book, laptop, or magazines to keep them occupied as they wait.
Once clear margins are confirmed, the surgical site will be closed, and patients can return home, knowing that all malignancy has been successfully eliminated.
Schedule a Consultation for Mohs Surgery in Marietta GA
If you are interested in Mohs Surgery in Marietta GA, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon Dr. Chappell.