Developed in 1938 by a general surgeon, Frederic E. Mohs, Mohs surgery is microscopically controlled surgery used to treat common types of skin cancer. During the surgery, after each removal of tissue and while the patient waits, the tissue is examined for cancer cells.
Mohs surgery is the gold standard method for obtaining complete margin control during removal of skin cancer and allows for the removal of skin cancer with very narrow surgical margin and a high cure rate.
At Southface Dermatology, Dr Robertshaw is a highly experienced Mohs surgeon. Having had training in Cardiff and Portsmouth, Dr Robertshaw attended several Mohs courses in the USA and then developed the Mohs surgery Unit at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals in 2009 and still provides the NHS service.
Mohs may be recommended to you, depending on your tumour type, location or other factors such as recurrence or an ill-defined lesion. The technique is undertaken under local anaesthetic and we sometimes liaise with other surgeons to aid with complex reconstructions.