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Mohs surgery

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Mohs surgery


Mohs surgery or Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a surgical technique for the removal of certain skin cancers by taking horizontal layers of skin tissue and examining them under a microscope.

The technique was first developed by Dr Frederic E Mohs in the 1930s. The process of examining horizontal tissue sections, colour coding excised specimens and creating a map to identify the location of the remaining cancer cells results in high cure rates and small wound sizes.

How effective is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is very effective at completely removing skin cancers whilst sparing normal, healthy tissue. The cure rate for Mohs surgery is very high (up to 99% for new cancers and 95% for recurrent cancers) compared to other treatments for skin cancer.  It has become the treatment of choice for infiltrative, large or recurrent basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), especially if on the face.



Outpatient department opening hours:

Monday - Friday: 8.00am – 8.00pm


Book an appointment with a Consultant Dermatologist, either at The Lister Hospital or Chelsea Outpatient Centre: +44 (0)20 7730 8298

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