Penn Dermatology

What to Expect in Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery at Penn

Penn dermatologic surgeons who perform Mohs surgery are experts in the removal of skin cancer.

What to Expect in Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery at Penn offers patients with skin cancer of the face, head or neck major advantages when undergoing this precise procedure including:

  • Immediate notification that the cancer is completely removed
  • The highest published cure rates for many forms of skin cancer, making it less likely that the cancer will recur.
  • Cancer recurrence rates in patients who have had ¬†Mohs surgery is less than 2 percent, while those who do not undergo this surgery have recurrence rates of more than 10 percent
  • Maximum preservation of healthy skin for the best possible cosmetic and functional results

In most cases, patients undergo the reconstruction portion of their surgery on the same day as diagnosis and have procedures performed by the same Mohs surgeon at Penn Dermatology.

Penn Dermatology's state-of-the-art Mohs surgery unit is equipped with on-site laboratories that immediately process surgical specimens allowing for real-time microscopic evaluation and  immediate results to the patient.

About Penn's Mohs Surgeons

Patients can expect Penn’s dermatologic surgeons to handle all aspects of the Mohs procedure including:

  • Performing the surgery
  • Examining the excised microscopic cancerous lesion or tumor in the on-site laboratory
  • Performing the reconstructive surgery

Penn’s dermatologic surgeons have completed advanced training in Mohs micrographic surgery through fellowships sponsored by the American College of Mohs Surgery.

For patients requiring additional treatment, Penn Dermatology coordinates care with head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and oculoplastic surgeons.