Mohs Surgery in Jupiter, FL
Certain skin cancers sit like an iceberg, where the bulk of the cancer is below the surface of the skin, which requires special surgical effort to reach a larger region of cancerous cells below the skin with no defined border. This procedure is known as Mohs surgery. Located in Jupiter, FL, Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa is led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Koger, who performs Mohs surgery for Palm Beach County residents, including West Palm Beach, Vero Beach and Wellington.
What is a Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery, as performed by Dr. Koger, is a precision surgical technique that is used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains.
The Best Candidates for Mohs Surgery
Dr. Koger is the perfect expert to help you determine if you are an ideal candidate for Mohs surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Koger will examine and discuss with you your treatment options. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible while doing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Set up your consultation now as skin cancer should always be taken seriously and treated with the utmost urgency. Dr. Koger, who was trained at the very top medical schools in the world, will help you treat this issue, and you can count on his whole team for compassion, attention to your needs and a positive focus on getting the optimal result.
Planning Your Mohs Surgery
During your consultation, Dr. Koger will discuss your treatment options and explain exactly how the Mohs surgery procedure works. He will explain how the thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed one layer at a time. Once a date for your treatment has been set, Dr. Koger will provide you with detailed instructions in terms of preparations, which may include stopping certain medications.
Preparing for Your Mohs Surgery
Since it can be difficult to tell how extensive a tumor is from the surface, Dr. Koger recommends allowing sometimes four hours or even longer for your Mohs surgery. You will need to plan accordingly and allow enough time during the day for your procedure. Many patients bring something to read to help pass the time.
The Mohs Surgery Procedure
Typically Dr. Koger performs Mohs surgery on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic. In most cases, the procedure lasts about four hours, depending on the extent of the skin tumor. The Mohs surgery procedure is an improvement over other approaches for certain conditions, in that it allows for the progressive removal of tissue until only cancer-free tissue remains. Not only does it increase the odds of a cure, it also can reduce the need for additional cosmetic treatments. Using a scalpel, Dr. Koger removes the cancerous tissue for analysis at the laboratory. This process is repeated until all the remaining tissue is found to be cancer free.
How Much Does Mohs Surgery Cost?
Although every plan is different, most Insurance plan’s cover Skin Cancer Removal. For non-contracted insurance companies or those without insurance, we accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover®. We also provide financing options via CareCredit®. Contact our office to find out if we are participating with your insurance.
After Your Mohs Surgery
After your procedure, you and Dr. Koger can decide on how to repair the resulting wound, which can include letting the wound heal on its own, using stitches, using a skin flap to cover the wound or grafting skin from another part of the body to cover the wound.
Getting Back to Normal Following Mohs Surgery
A great advantage of Mohs surgery is that you know your results right away, and you usually don’t leave your appointment until all of the skin cancer has been removed. This provides a huge psychological relief, and you only need to make a follow-up visit with Dr. Koger to monitor your recovery. During your consultation and, based on your surgical needs, Dr. Koger will discuss what expectations you should have for getting back to normal following Mohs surgery.
If you live in or around West Palm Beach, Wellington, Vero Beach or anywhere in Palm Beach County, and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform Mohs Surgery, please contact Dr. Koger at Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL, today, to set up your complimentary consultation.