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Procedure - Mohs Surgery

At Ogden Clinic in Utah, our fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeons use Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, to treat people diagnosed with skin cancer. This tissue-saving technique effectively treats cancerous growths on the face, neck, and scalp. Unlike previous treatments, which involved removing the visible cancer as well as some surrounding healthy tissue, Mohs surgery aims to remove the cancerous tissue completely, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact.

Mohs surgery is a treatment option for patients with skin cancer who have basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, as well as other unusual cases of melanoma:

Patients at Ogden Clinic in Utah benefit most from Mohs surgery if their skin cancer:

  • Is large or aggressive
  • Has borders that are hard to define
  • Is located in a visible or sensitive area where you want to preserve as much healthy skin as possible, such as the feet, nose, around the eyes, mouth, hands, or genitals
  • Has a risk of reoccurring or has already reoccurred after a previous treatment

How It Works

The Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure at Ogden Clinic, performed in an operating room with a nearby laboratory, where your tissue will be examined. A Mohs procedure will typically last a few hours, but it’s best to reserve the entire day for the procedure. Before beginning the surgery, your dermatologist will inject a local anesthetic to numb the skin to prevent pain and discomfort.

Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your doctor will use a scalpel to remove the cancerous tissue, along with a thin layer of tissue under the tumor. The doctor will place a bandage over the incision and take the tissue sample into the laboratory to examine under a microscope. Depending on the extent of the cancerous tissue, your doctor will continue to repeat the process and remove tissue until the sample taken is cancer-free.

The Mohs surgery procedure increases chances for recovery and reduces the need for additional melanoma surgery or treatment. If you have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, reach out to our fellowship-trained surgeons at Ogden Clinic in Utah to schedule a consultation for a Mohs surgery procedure.


Hadley, Michael, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-397-6100

Tingey, Chad, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3090