Mohs surgery is one of the most effective treatments for common types of skin cancer. At California Dermatology Physicians in Huntington Beach, California, Joseph Sedrak, MD, and Laura Cohen, MD, use the most innovative treatments available for skin cancer, including Mohs surgery. Dr. Sedrak is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. Call today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about Mohs surgery at California Dermatology Physicians.
Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical procedure for the treatment of skin cancer. During the procedure, Dr. Sedrak, the Mohs surgeon at California Dermatology Physicians, removes the cancerous lesion one layer at a time, closely evaluating each layer after removal under a microscope.
This unique approach to skin cancer treatment allows him to target and eliminate all cancerous tissue and its roots without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. In addition to minimizing damage and scarring, Mohs surgery has a high cure rate.
Because Mohs surgery is so specialized, dermatologists must undergo additional training to perform the procedure. At California Dermatology Physicians, Dr. Sedrak gives patients the best medical and cosmetic outcomes possible.
California Dermatology Physicians primarily performs Mohs surgery to treat basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. These are two of the most common types of skin cancers.
The physicians may recommend Mohs surgery if your cancer is aggressive, invasive, or affects a highly visible area such as the face or scalp. They may also suggest Mohs surgery to treat melanoma if it’s found during the early stages, before it has spread to other areas of the body.
California Dermatology Physicians specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of skin cancer and can talk to you about your treatment options at your consultation.
Dr. Sedrak reviews the details of your procedure at your consultation so you know what to expect. He performs the procedure at the office.
Because he removes microscopic layers of skin one at a time, you must plan to spend the entire day at the office. However, in some cases, he can remove all of the cancer after one excision.
After numbing the area, Dr. Sedrak removes the visible skin cancer and then a thin layer of surrounding skin. He covers up the wound while the doctors examine the tissue sample under a microscope, looking for cancer cells.
If they find cancer cells, he removes an additional layer for examination. This continues until they reach noncancerous tissue.
Dr. Sedrak then covers or stitches the open wound and schedules a follow-up visit to monitor your healing.
Call California Dermatology Physicians or schedule your Mohs surgery consultation online today.