Jonesboro, Arkansas dermatologist Dr. David Weingold’s highest priority is to help his patients maintain healthy skin. A diagnosis of skin cancer is one of the most essential reasons to visit a dermatologist like Dr. Weingold. To treat this disease, Dr. Weingold often performs Mohs microscopic surgery.
Mohs surgery provides physicians with a method to excise skin cancer layer by layer. This highly precise technique allows the physician to examine each layer of cells under a microscope after removal until he or she reaches a level where all surrounding tissue is cancer-free. This ensures that the surgical area contains only healthy, non-malignant tissue following the excision.
Doctors typically perform Mohs microscopic surgery as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Because the procedure involves the precise removal of layers of tissue, followed by pathological examination before moving on, it may take several hours to complete, with the patient resting between each layer. Most procedures are completed in a single day, and patients can return home after the surgery.