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Mohs Surgery

FAQ

What is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a skin cancer removal technique developed by Dr. Fredrick Mohs in the 1930s. Dr. Lockman received his training in this technique by Dr. Mohs. The procedure is done in our office. After local anesthesia is administered at the cancer site, the visible cancer is removed and processed in our lab.  One processed, the tissue can be examined for any cancer along the edge. If cancerous features are seen along the edge of the removed tissue, then more tissue is removed until it is clear. Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer.

How can I prepare for my surgery?

  • Please take all medications as normal the day of your surgery, including any blood thinners. 

  • ​Please eat a good breakfast before your surgery.

  • ​Plan on being at our office most of the day. 

  • To help pass your time you may bring a snack, book or a friend. 

  • Our waiting room and surgery rooms can be cold so you may also want to bring a sweater.  

What is taking so long between layers?

Processing the tissue layers in our on-site lab takes between 30-45 minutes depending on the size and cancer type.

Will I be able to drive after the procedure?

We do not require you to have a driver for your surgery, however, it is best to have someone on standby in case you need a ride. This is especially true if we are working around your eye due to swelling that can sometimes occur from the surgery and the pressure bandage we will apply after the surgery