When Is Mohs Surgery Used


Mohs Micrographic Surgery is primarily used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs Surgery is indicated when:

  • The borders of the cancer are poorly defined
  • The cancer is large
  • The cancer has recurred after a prior treatment
  • The cancer has previously been incompletely removed
  • The cancer is in an area where preservation of healthy tissue is paramount to achieve the best possible cosmetic and functional reconstructive outcome, such as the nose, ears, eyelids and lips
  • The cancer has grown rapidly
  • The cancer has aggressive microscopic features, such as morpheic, infiltrating, or micronodular
  • The cancer tracks along nerves (perineural invasion)