If you have skin cancer and are worried that removal will leave a noticeable scar, consider Mohs surgery with Ali Hendi, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mohs surgery offers a 99% cure rate for melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers while sparing healthy tissue. Mohs surgery demands the specialized skill and training of a Mohs dermatologic surgeon like Dr. Hendi, who has performed more than 14,000 Mohs surgeries. Call the office today or book a consultation online.
Mohs surgery is a procedure performed by a specially trained surgeon. This outpatient surgery involves the precise removal of skin cancer, then checking the tissue under a microscope. If Dr. Hendi sees cancer cells, he removes another layer. He repeats this process until all of your skin cancer cells are gone.
The team at the office of Ali Hendi, MD, numbs your treatment area beforehand, so you don’t feel any pain. After surgery, you may feel pain at your treatment site. It’s also typical for the treated area to feel itchy and tight as your body heals. You can take Tylenol and Advil to relieve any discomfort.
Once your treatment site is numb, Dr. Hendi begins by removing the visible skin cancer to investigate under a microscope. While he examines the tissue, you can relax in the waiting room with a temporary bandage over your treatment site.
The process may require several stages before your cancer is completely gone. Removing the tissue alone takes only 10-15 minutes, but it can take at least 1-2 hours for the on-site lab to prepare the tissue for Dr. Hendi to examine. Although there’s no way to forecast how many stages of removal will be needed, Dr. Hendi usually eliminates most skin cancers in three stages or less.
After your skin cancer is completely gone, Dr. Hendi may leave your surgery site open, close it with stitches, or close it with a skin graft or flap. He bases the decision on your health and safety and the best cosmetic result. You can go home on the same day as your procedure, however, you should prepare to set aside a majority of your day.
Dr. Hendi performs your procedure in the outpatient surgical facility at the office of Ali Hendi, MD, accredited by Medicare and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. It’s designed to deliver the highest level of outpatient care, with your safety and comfort in mind.
If you have skin cancer, call the office of Ali Hendi, MD, today or book a consultation to discuss the advantages of Mohs surgery.