Mohs Procedure

A specialist at The University Kansas Health System offers Mohs surgery, an outpatient procedure commonly used to treat squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas, which are types of skin cancer. The most precise method of tumor removal, Mohs offers the greatest potential for recovery.

The surgeon removes a thin layer of affected tissue and evaluates it under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells while you wait. This process continues in "stages," one layer at a time, until cancer cells are no longer present. The number of "stages" will vary depending on your condition.

Specially trained physician, experienced staff

The Mohs surgery specialist at The University of Kansas Health System is one of the few full-time Mohs surgeons in the greater Kansas City area.

Our experienced, fellowship-trained physician is a board-certified dermatologist and a member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

Members of the Mohs team were specially chosen for their experience. This includes a nurse who has worked with plastic surgeons and a certified Mohs histotechnologist who prepares the tissue for evaluation.

You'll also benefit from a multidisciplinary team of experts that includes plastic surgeons and oncologists who are available for collaboration and consultation.

Personal care, quiet comfort

The Mohs procedure at The University of Kansas Health System is specifically designed to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Our surgical suite has a calm, relaxing color scheme. You are encouraged to bring your favorite music to play on our CD player during your procedure.

While waiting for your evaluation, you can relax or read in our dedicated waiting area. Subdued lighting, soft carpeting and comfortable chairs create the atmosphere of a quiet library.

A normal day

To help you stay relaxed on the day of your appointment, follow your normal routine as much as you can. There are no special instructions for the procedure.

You can eat a full breakfast or lunch. Take your usual medications, if prescribed. Also, be sure to bring any medications you take periodically during the day. Remember your favorite music and reading material. After your procedure, you will receive instructions for any activity restrictions.

Mohs surgery can sometimes leave behind an area of damaged skin tissue. To restore your skin after Mohs surgery, we offer post-Mohs reconstruction surgery.