Surgery is the main treatment for skin cancers. Different surgical techniques can be used, depending on the size, type and location of the tumor.
Most of the times the tumor is cut out along with some surrounding normal skin. Sometimes, it may be necessary to have a reconstructive surgical procedure, such as grafs or flaps, to help the skin to heal.
Most surgeries can be done in in a doctor’s office or Day Hospital, under local anesthesia, with rapid recovery.
Some skin cancers need special surgery, called Mohs Surgery.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs surgery is a highly specialized and accurate treatment for skin cancer in which the tumor is removed in stages.
The surgical technique allows 100% of the tumor margins to be evaluated, thus guaranteeing the removal of the entire tumor with the minimum removal of normal skin around. Histopathological evaluation is performed during the surgical procedure. After obtaining the free margin, reconstruction of the surgical wound is performed.
It is indicated for the treatment of more aggressive types of skin cancers and with high rates of recurrence, such as facial tumors.