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Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. It is a skin sparing treatment, meaning that tissue is taken in levels, processed and inspected microscopically to see the cancer at the cellular level. Once the tissue is looked at, if cancer cells are still present, the surgeon will go back and remove more skin from the area of positivity. This way your healthy tissue is spared and you will be left with the smallest possible scar. In most cases, the closure of the defect is done right after surgery. 

For more information about Mohs surgery, please visit the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Benefits of Mohs Surgery

  • Most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer
  • Highest success rate for treatment- up to 99%
  • Skin sparing procedure decreases the amount of healthy tissue taken.
  • Outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia
  • In most cases, the repair is done the same day

Why Choose UW for Mohs Surgery?

  • One of the top places to receive care in the Pacific Northwest
  • 5 state-of-the-art procedure rooms
  • State-of-the-art lab and highly experienced Mohs histotechnicians
  • Flexibility with scheduling- surgeries offered Monday-Thursday mornings
  • Fellowship trained surgeon in both Mohs surgery and cosmetic surgery

Mohs surgery process infographic

Mohs Surgery video

Mohs Surgery: The Most Effective Treatment for Skin Cancer