Standard surgery involves excision of your skin cancer following which your wound is repaired. Your skin specimen is then sent to the laboratory to be processed over a number of days. In some circumstances further surgery may then be required if your cancer is not completely removed on the first occasion.
In Mohs surgery the skin cancer is excised and then immediately examined under the microscope to ensure it has been adequately removed. As Dr Tallon is the only practicing Dermatopathologist with International Board qualifications in New Zealand you can be confident that your specimen is receiving the best opinion available.
If any cancer cells remain, this area can be further excised until all the cancer is removed. The advantage of this surgery is the ability to treat your skin cancer completely in one session and provide increased assurance that it is completely removed. Mohs surgery has been shown to achieve a long-term cure rate of 99%.
Dr Tallon is a fellow of the American Society of Mohs Surgery, and is a speaker at their annual meeting held in the USA.