Mohs Surgery is a precise surgery whereby dermatologists who are trained and Board Certified in the method surgically remove skin cancer, while simultaneously examining the perimeter of the affected site for verification of complete removal. As such, alternative uses for Mohs Surgery have not fully materialized; most procedures are completed by dermatologic surgeons, whose training includes cancer detection.
Uses for Mohs Surgery
Mohs Surgery is used for recurring basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, lesions with undefined edges or in risky areas, aggressive tumors, tumors in patients with compromised immune systems, and basal cell nevus syndrome patients.
Some pathologists, plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists are trained in the method for cancer cell removal and/or reconstruction and scar elimination purposes. As a variety of medical professionals become certified in Mohs Surgery, its use will inevitably extend to other organ systems. Some of these specialties will include gynecology, urology, proctology, internal and general medicine.
Issues with Widespread Uses of Mohs Surgery
Currently, there are two issues with widespread alternative uses of Mohs Surgery. First, when the method is applied to prostate, cervical or laryngeal cancer, the cancer needs to be early stage, with no metastasis. Second, since Mohs Surgery is a lengthy procedure, patients require lengthy general anesthesia.