Mohs Surgery in Melbourne, FL
We understand that being diagnosed with skin cancer can be scary. However, there are a number of effective treatment options available today! If you have basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma or have skin cancer in a sensitive area such as between the fingers or near the eyes or nose, Mohs surgery may be a good option. Our team of skilled dermatologists is highly knowledgeable regarding skin cancer and the appropriate treatment options, so you can feel confident that you are in good hands.
You are in the Best of Hands
After completing dermatology residency at George Washington University Medical Center, your Mohs surgeon with Dermatology + Plastics Surgery, Dr. Marchell, completed her Mohs Surgery and Laser Fellowship with world-renowned dermatologist Drs. Fitzpatrick and Goldman in La Jolla, California. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Marchell has worked both as a clinical surgeon, as well as a national and international guest lecturer. Her research is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Archives of Dermatology. Dr. Marchell was born and raised in Hawaii and now calls the Space Coast home. She has a love of being near the ocean and is passionate about diagnosing and treating skin cancer with the best possible results for each patient. Dr. Marchell is accepting patients in March for Mohs surgery and skin checks.
Why should patients choose Dr. Marchell?
Years of experience treating skin cancer and thousands of Mohs surgeries performed.
What is Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas, the two most common forms of skin cancer. The goal of this procedure is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible while doing minimal damage to healthy, surrounding tissue.
This procedure is particularly effective against skin cancers that:
- Are located in areas where you wish to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.
- Have a high risk of recurrence.
- Have borders that are difficult to define.
- Are aggressive.
Who is a Candidate for Mohs Surgery?
Individuals with squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma in a sensitive area can benefit from Mohs surgery. The best way to determine if Mohs surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment at our office today.
How is Mohs Surgery Performed?
The Mohs procedure is performed in stages which include lab work while the patient waits. This allows for the removal of all cancerous cells while sparing healthy tissue intact. During this surgery, a local anesthetic is administered, and the surgeon will remove a layer of tissue using a scalpel and examine it under a microscope. If cancer cells remain, the surgeon will remove another layer of tissue. This is repeated until all cancer cells are removed.
Once no cancer cells remain, the wound site may be left open to heal, or it may be closed with stitches. This will depend on the size and location of the wound. In some cases, the area may require reconstruction with a skin flap. This involves moving neighboring tissue into the wound, or the use of a skin graft.
Mohs Surgery Recovery
Following your Mohs procedure, you will receive your results right away. We recommend that you limit vigorous exercise, including bending over, for one week to allow your Mohs surgery site to heal. Sutures are commonly removed 5-10 days after surgery. You may require a follow-up visit with your doctor to monitor recovery. Our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions customized to your surgery site to ensure you heal properly.
To learn more about Mohs surgery in Melbourne, FL, contact Dermatology + Plastic Surgery today! Led by board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, and double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, we are dedicated to providing each of our patients with outstanding results.
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