Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Not all treatments for skin cancer are equal.   Some of the most common treatments for skin cancer are scraping and burning, freezing, radiation, and routine excision.  Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a process, performed in the office, that will remove all the cancer, minimize the risk of recurrence, and leave as little scarring as possible.

While Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers the highest potential cure rate (99%) for skin cancer, it is not appropriate in all cases.  The types of situations  most likely to warrant Mohs Micrographic Surgery include the following:

  • Areas that are cosmetically sensitive or functionally critical such as around the eyes, nose, lips, scalp, fingers, or toes 
  • Cancers that are large, aggressive, or growing rapidly
  • Cancers which were removed and have grown back (recurrent)
  • Lesions with ill-defined edges
  • Basal cell and Squamous cell carcinomas

We are glad to have the services of two excellent Mohs surgeons offered right in our office.  Drs. Gina Ang and Douglas Winstanley of West Michigan Dermatology perform surgery in our office.  To see the steps involved with this state of the art treatment, click here.

Why Choose an ACMS Fellowship Trained Surgeon for Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery has set a new standard in skin cancer treatment. Because Mohs surgery is now widely accepted as the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer, an increasing number of physicians are performing Mohs surgery. However, not all Mohs surgeons have received the same level of training.

When it comes to your skin cancer treatment, you deserve no less than the best. Both Dr. Ang and Dr. Winstanley have achieved the highest degree of Mohs surgery qualification by completing an American College of Mohs Surgery approved fellowships which included meeting the following requirements:

  • Participating in a minimum of 500 Mohs surgery cases
  • Learning to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples removed during Mohs surgery
  • Performing a vast array of reconstructions, ranging from the simplest to the most complex, multi-step repairs.

You should make certain your surgeon is fellowship trained in Mohs surgery.   This means peace of mind, knowing that you will receive superior quality and competency.  You can rest assured that your surgeon has the training and experience to achieve the optimal outcome for your skin cancer treatment.


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