All you need to know about Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Skin Cancer - Dr Crosby
It allows us to treat and remove the skin cancer with a high degree of certainty and leaves behind the smallest scar.
Three most common treatments for skin cancer are;
- Standard excision
- Mohs surgery
It has a very high cure rate and good for areas where we are not too concerned about scarring such as your back or the lower thigh.
Radiation is also an effective treatment for skin cancer but the only problem with this method is not having a high cure rate. This is a good choice for patients who do not like nor can tolerate surgeries.
Mohs surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment available for skin cancer.
The Three common skin cancer that can be treated using Mohs surgeries are;
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
When patients come in for the surgery, I talk to them before the procedure begins.
The duration of the process depends on the size and how much skin cancer has been found.
To learn more about the Mohs procedure, contact us at (619) 377-4949.
About Mohs skin cancer surgeryThe Mohs procedure is a meticulous technique that was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930s. This surgical technique maximizes the potential for success in the removal of skin cancer tumors. This is accomplished through a diligent process that differs from conventional excision in the following ways:
- Mohs micrographic surgery involves 100 percent examination of the margins of a growth.
- The greatest amount of tissue is preserved through the step-by-step removal process, leading to a more aesthetically pleasing result.
- Excised tissue is evaluated immediately and continually throughout the Mohs procedure, which enables us to confirm 100 percent removal of diseased cells.
- The cure rate with Mohs surgery is 97 - 99 percent in most cases.
Mohs micrographic surgery boasts the highest cure rate for most skin cancers. Because of the systematic excision and microscopic evaluation that takes place, this technique is regarded as one of the best options for skin cancer treatment today. Patients of Grossmont Skin Cancer Treatment Center can learn more about the Mohs procedure during their consultation visit.
Meet our Mohs SurgeonWe are proud to have Dr. Christopher Crosby as a part of our team. Dr. Crosby graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston with his M.D. and Ph.D. He completed his internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center followed by his residency in Dermatology at Emory University where he was Chief Resident. Following his residency, Dr. Crosby completed a rigorous Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology at the University of California San Francisco, accredited by ACGME.
We are committed to providing our patients with the full spectrum of care they need to ensure resolution of their dermatologic concerns. To learn more about the Mohs procedure, contact us at (619) 462-1670.
La Mesa Specialized Surgeon Explains About Mohs SurgerySpecialized surgeon Dr. Crosby of Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic in La Mesa, CA explains about MOHS Micrographic Surgery. A video not to be missed!
Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center
Grossmont Dermatology is committed to providing patients with excellent quality skin treatments to help them preserve their youth. They use the latest technologies and treatment modalities to provide patients with the most effective services suiting their individual needs. The team of professionals at the practice comprise:
- Christopher Crosby, MD, PhD, FAAD - Specialist in Mohs surgery and reconstructive dermatologic surgery for skin cancers.
- Paul B. Dean, MD, MPH, FAAD – Specializes in general dermatology, mole and lesion removal, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and skin cancer treatments.
- Maki Christine Goskowicz, MD, FAAD – Expertise includes general and laser dermatology, and skin cancer and melanoma treatments.
- Shinko Lin, MD – Specializes in general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, skin cancer treatments, and PDT.
- Helene Jolly, PA-C, MPAP – Performs cosmetic dermatology, acne and skin rash treatments, and mole removal among other tasks.