Mohs Reconstruction Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a comprehensive surgery performed by a dermatologist that is common in treating primary basal cell carcinoma, melanoma-in-situ and squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Erick Sanchez and his team at Sanchez Plastic Surgery are skilled in performing reconstruction after micrographic surgery. This operation involves the recruitment of local tissue to close the wound left from cancer excision.
Our surgeon will implement a local anesthetic to numb the incision point. A skin graft or local tissue surrounding the wound will be mobilized to close the defect.
"Very happy with my procedure. Very natural looking!"- E.E. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2018
"Dr. Sanchez and his staff are A+ in my book. I've been singing his praises to anyone who will listen since my procedure. He's professional, compassionate and very thorough in making sure you are satisfied. HE'S THE BEST!!!Candace"- N.S. / Google / Sep 28, 2018
"It was a great experience from when I walked in the door to when I walked out. Everyone was so nice and accommodating & Dr. Sanchez spent a good amount of time with me before and during the procedure, compared to other plastic surgeons. He has the best bedside manner of anyone I’ve been to. Not to mention my lips look incredible (juvederm injections). Will definitely be returning!"- S.C. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2018
"I was so nervous to do this procedure and he was so patient to allow me to come back for a second consult just to answer more of my questions and concerns! Staff was so sweet and made me feel so at peace, especially Katie! She was truly God sent! Thank you Dr Sanchez for being so sweet and making me feel so comfortable throughout this journey! I love the results and feel so much better since doing it! Thanks Christa K"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 16, 2017
"I couldn’t ask for a better surgeon! Dr Sanchez and his office staff are amazing. I found him because I have breast cancer. Dr Sanchez and his office has been a huge blessing to me . I wouldn’t want to fight this battle with any other reconstructive surgeon on my fighting team. From general personality to bed side manner to surgical skills he is the best ?"- T.O. / Facebook / Jul 31, 2018
What to Expect
As an outpatient surgery, Mohs is usually performed in a surgeon’s office, but sometimes is performed in an outpatient surgical center. As Mohs is a labor intensive surgery, a patient might have up to four doctors during the surgery (a general surgeon, pathologist, histotechnician, and a reconstructive or plastic surgeon). Depending on the severity and size of the cancer, the surgery can take a few hours. Anesthesia is used, and many patients experience no pain. Some report to feel a mild discomfort.
Aftercare & Success Rate
As cancer is removed layer-by-layer, a micrographic surgery provides a greater chance of successfully eliminating the cancer as well as preserving surrounding healthy skin. There is always a potential for scarring. If the incision was stitched, the surgeon will remove the stitches anywhere from four days to two weeks’ post-surgery. Many patients are able to return to normal activities by the next day, however, some must refrain from taking part in strenuous exercise for one to three weeks. Patients report that they experience very little pain from this procedures, and we suggest taking an over-the-counter pain medication, if needed.
It’s not likely that the cancer will reappear after this surgery. When treating primary basal cell carcinoma, the success rate is 97%-99%. Squamous cell carcinoma has a cure rate of approximately 94%. Remedying melanoma-in-situ is greatly reliant on the skill of the surgeon and the success rate can range anywhere from 75% to 95%.
Schedule Your Treatment
The success of Mohs Micrographic surgery is greatly linked to the skill and care of the doctor performing it. Together, the doctor and patient can plan out the best course of treatment to effectively treat the cancer. A patient should ask, during the consultation, questions about the doctor’s experience, training and personal success rate as well as the risks and problems involved and post-operation treatment. For any skin cancer patient contemplating Mohs Micrographic surgery, it is essential to retain a trusted plastic surgeon. Schedule a consultation today.