How Mohs Surgery Works


This is an example of how Mohs surgery works.  Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer— normally utilized for certain cases on the face/hand or with specific types of cancer.   During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed to ensure the patient is clear of cancer before being repaired and sent home.

This patient had an unusual non-melanoma tumor on her leg.   Because it was rare, Dr. Thorpe wanted to see the pathology of the central debulking. Normally, just the margins are sent to the lab.

Our patient was pleased with the visit and said, “Dr. Thorpe is very kind, helpful, and knowledgeable.  So much that I was very relaxed with no worries. He answered all my questions.  I totally recommend him every day and twice on Sunday.  And all he wanted was a million and a chocolate shake.”

She feels her knee healed very well. “The healing was so fast with little scarring and I could bend my knee without worrying about pulling stitches.  I could continue with all my activities— no pain.  Worry free and no worries about infection.

Dr. Thorpe is one of two fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons at Ada West Dermatology and practices from our Ten Mile location in NW Meridian, Idaho.  You can find more examples of Mohs surgeries and testimonials from patients of Dr. Thorpe here:

What you should know:

  1. Mohs surgery is has the lowest recurrence, highest cure rates, and best cosmetic results of any skin cancer treatment!
  2. Not all Mohs surgeons are created equal.  ACMS-fellowship trained Mohs surgeons have a minimum of 1 year training which is significantly significantly more rigorous than other Mohs certifications such as those offered by the ASMS.



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