At Alta Vista Dermatology, we do all we can to educate patients about the dangers of skin cancer. We also offer some of the most advanced skin cancer treatments, including Mohs surgery. We proudly serve residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
At Alta Vista Dermatology, we specialize in Mohs micrographic surgery. This is the most effective treatment for skin cancer, offering the highest potential for a cure, even if the skin cancer was treated with another method previously. The history of this surgical technique dates back to the 1930s, and it was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs. During Mohs surgery, the cancer is removed in stages one tissue layer at a time through a specialized technique. This often results in complete cancer removal.
How is Skin Cancer Detected?
Skin cancer is typically detected with cancer screenings. We provide full body skin examinations, which involve checking the body from head to toe for any suspicious growths. If we find any growths that may be cancerous, we quickly perform a biopsy to diagnose the patient and begin treatment as soon as possible. If you think you are developing a cancerous growth, you may want to schedule a cancer screening at your earliest convenience. To learn more about our skin examinations, please visit our cancer screening page.
What Can I Expect from Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is performed using local anesthetic to ensure that the patient is entirely comfortable during the procedure. First, the cancerous growth is removed from the skin, preventing cancer from spreading. Then, a thin layer of tissue is removed to ensure that all of the cancerous cells are removed. If it appears that cancer has spread deeper in the skin, those layers will be removed one by one. This technique is used to make sure that only cancerous tissue is removed and your healthy skin remains unharmed.
How is Recovery from Mohs Surgery?
The Mohs surgery procedure is very precise and only removes the cancerous skin tissue, which contributes to an easy and quick recovery after treatment. Patients are typically able to resume work and other normal activities the day after their procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities may need to be avoided for as long as three weeks. If you experience any discomfort after your surgery, over-the-counter pain relievers are often all that is needed to provide relief.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or have had previous unsuccessful treatments, you can feel confident choosing Alta Vista Dermatology for your Mohs surgery. With a team of board-certified medical professionals, we can guarantee that you will get the personalized care you need. We welcome patients from Denver and Highlands Ranch, CO.
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