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Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. The procedure was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs and is now practiced throughout the world. Unlike other skin cancer treatments, Mohs surgery allows tissue to be removed in stages and examined under the microscope to facilitate clearance of abnormal cells while you wait. Due to the methodical manner in which the tissue is extracted and examined, Mohs surgery is recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate.

If you have any questions about skin cancer or Mohs surgery, please contact us at our NE Portland or Milwaukie offices. Additional information about Mohs surgery can be found on the American Society for Mohs Surgery website at

Should your provider indicate Mohs micrographic surgery for your condition, please click on the link to explain what to expect before, during, and after treatment.
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What's Involved in the Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the best ways that we can detect, treat, and check on the progress of skin cancer treatment in our patients. The process involves removing a skin cancer layer by layer and immediately observing the layers underneath a microscope. This procedure allows us to be as minimally invasive as possible, without missing any of cancer. Our end goal is always to remove every bit of cancer that exists from your body, and be able to confirm that it has been removed in its entirety.

We will begin the procedure by ensuring that the surgery site is properly anesthetized and apply a local anesthetic to your skin before we start. Then, we will remove a layer of the skin cancer and a small amount of healthy skin repeatedly. Each time we remove a layer, we will check the sample for signs of cancer. We will conclude the procedure when we produce a layer that has no detectable signs of cancer.

Recovery from Mohs Micrographic Surgery

It usually takes anywhere from two-to-four weeks to experience a full recovery from this surgical procedure.

Why We Perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery

We use this procedure to remove skin cancers that:
•  Occurs in children or young adults
Grows more quickly than other cancer
•  Has a high likelihood of returning or recurring
•  Has a high risk of spreading to other parts of the body
•  Are located on skin in highly visible parts of the body like the arms, neck, or face

How the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Works

One of the big advantages that Mohs Micrographic surgery boasts is that it does a great job of preserving healthy skin and limiting the effects of scarring. It's a great treatment method for Squamous cell carcinoma, with a proven track record of results.

Risks of Mohs Micrographic Surgery

As with all surgeries, Mohs Micrographic surgery comes with some risks. Scarring can occur, although, when compared to similar treatment methods, it typically produces the best results. Infection is always a risk following any surgery, and discomfort, pain, and bleeding are also a possibility.

For your convenience, in addition to our main office in NE Portland, we also provide a second satellite location at The Providence Milwaukie Healing Place building on the campus of the hospital where we see patients throughout the week.

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Knott Street Dermatology

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301 NE Knott St
Portland, OR 97212
Phone: (503) 253-3910
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Hours: Monday-Friday
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Knott Street Dermatology

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10330 SE 32nd Ave, Suite 330
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Phone: (503) 253-3910
Fax: (503) 253-4297
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