Skin Cancer & Mohs Closure
Mohs Surgery & Cosmetic Surgical Closure is a highly specialized procedure that effectively removes skin cancer, while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tissue and minimizing the appearance of scars.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and has a high prevalence in sunny Texas. Dr. Kerner deals with many cases of skin cancer and is highly experienced treating patients from biopsy to cure.
There are three major types of skin cancer: squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. The first two of these non-melanoma types of skin cancer can be treated with freezing, burning or chemical compounds if the lesions are small.
When lesions are larger, they are usually surgically excised. During excision, the edges of the removed tissue are checked under a microscope by a pathologist to be certain all cancer cells were removed. The excision is then carefully closed with a scar designed to be as inconspicuous as possible on the skin.
Melanoma skin cancer is always treated with a wider excision and, in addition, removal of lymph nodes and chemotherapy may be necessary. Dr. Kerner is very experienced in performing Mohs closures for patients with melanoma skin cancer.
In certain areas of the body such as the nose, lips or face; or in cases of recurrent skin cancers where the edges are indistinct, Dr. Kerner may involve a specialized dermatologist who will perform the Mohs surgery. (Need details about that…) After the cancer is removed by the Mohs surgeon, you will return to Dr. Kerner’s office for closure of the excision which will be performed in one of a variety of ways, depending on its size, depth and location.
Dr. Kerner’s office will coordinate with the Mohs surgeon, ensuring that the excision and cosmetic surgical closure procedures are performed on the same day.
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