Mohs’ Surgery

Mohs' Surgery

What is Mohs’ Surgery?

This is a type of surgery used to treat some kinds of skin cancer. It is named after Doctor Frederic Mohs who first performed this procedure in the 1930’s. It is a very specialised way of removing a cancer, while causing as little damage as possible to the normal skin. A specially trained dermatologist performs the operation. It is carried out in the outpatient department at Ross Hall Hospital.


Before your surgery

It is important to let the dermatologist know what medicines you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you are taking any drugs which thin the blood, such as warfarin, you will need a blood test at least a week before the MMS is carried out. Your GP should be able to do this for you. The result will be needed before the MMS can be started.

The doctor or specialist nurse will tell you about the treatment and possible side effects. You will have the chance to ask any questions. You will then be asked to sign a form giving your consent to the treatment.


On the day

You will normally be asked to attend the outpatient department at 8am. If getting to the hospital is going to be a problem for you, let the staff know as soon as possible. You should not wear any creams or makeup on the area that has to be treated. It is fine to have breakfast beforehand. You should also take your regular medicines unless the doctor has told you not to. The procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic. You do not require a general anaesthetic or sedative. The procedure can take a few hours to complete and you may wish to bring a book or magazine with you.


What the procedure involves

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I had just been told after attending the Mole Clinic at my local pharmacy that I could potentially have a melanoma on my right leg. Obviously I was very worried and upset by this and when I met Dr. Herd he did his best to try and reassure me. The mole was removed and after a few anxious weeks my results came back fine. I have since seen Dr. Herd on a regular basis over the years for annual skin check ups and I find that his calming and friendly manner gives me peace of mind.