Mohs Surgery: The Gold Standard for Skin Cancer Treatment

Mohs Surgery: The Gold Standard for Skin Cancer Treatment

Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical technique used to remove skin cancer with the highest precision while preserving as much healthy skin as possible. It involves removing cancerous tissue layer by layer and examining it under a microscope until all cancer cells have been removed. The procedure has high cure rates and is typically performed on the face or other delicate areas.

Mohs Surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with skin cancer, you may have heard of Mohs surgery as a treatment option. Mohs surgery is a type of skin cancer surgery that is highly effective in removing cancerous cells while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. Herein, I will explain to you a bit more about what Mohs surgery is and what to expect on the day of the procedure.

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is a specialized surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. The procedure involves removing the cancerous tissue layer by layer, while examining each layer under a microscope to ensure that all of the cancer cells have been removed. This process allows for the preservation of as much healthy tissue as possible while still effectively treating the cancer.

How does Mohs surgery work?

During Mohs surgery, the surgeon will first numb the area around the cancerous tissue with a local anesthetic. Then, the surgeon will carefully remove the visible cancerous tissue using a scalpel. After the tissue is removed, it is processed and examined under a microscope to determine if there are any cancer cells left behind. If cancer cells are still present, the surgeon will remove another layer of tissue from the affected area and repeat the process until no cancer cells are detected.

What to expect during the procedure?

Mohs surgery is typically an outpatient procedure and can take several hours to complete. During the procedure, you will be awake and able to communicate with the surgeon. You may experience some discomfort, but the local anesthetic will help minimize any pain.


After the procedure is complete, the surgeon will typically close the wound using stitches. You may need to return to our office for follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.


In conclusion, Mohs surgery is a highly effective surgical technique used to treat skin cancer while preserving healthy tissue. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, Mohs surgery may be a treatment option worth considering. Please feel free to contact our clinic for an appointment if you have any questions regarding skin cancer or Mohs surgery.



Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types treated with Mohs surgery.

Distinctive Dermatology

Distinctive Dermatology

Dr. Danny Guo promises informative, compassionate, and the most competent care for every dermatology patient he serves in the Calgary and Edmonton areas. He is highly educated and one of fewer than 30 fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in Canada. For information on medical referrals or to book your complimentary cosmetic consultation contact our office at 1-403-286-6888.

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Danny Guo MD is committed to serving patients in Calgary and Alberta as a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable source for expert skincare. With a careful and compassionate approach, Dr. Guo offers medical and cosmetic dermatology services allowing patients to choose health and to feel good in the skin they are in.
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