Mohs Surgery & Lesion Removal
Mohs Surgery Specialist
Mohs surgery is an excisional surgery technique. This out-patient procedure
involves removing tumors in repetitious stages, processing the tissue
in “slices” and determining microscopically exactly where
the tumor margins meet the healthy skin. This surgical method is greater
than 99% accurate and preserves a maximal amount of healthy skin resulting
in a smaller surgical scar. The procedure is done under local anesthetic
and requires minimal patient preparation and limited aftercare for most patients.
Dr. Hamill is a highly experienced Mohs surgeon with over 30+ years of
experience performing the procedure. Dr. Hamill is a co-author of
The Atlas of Mohs and Frozen Section Cutaneous Pathology, one of the most comprehensive texts on the subject of Mohs surgery and
the related histopathology. Dr. Hamill also received training directly
under Dr. Frederic Mohs, the physician who invented and developed the
Mohs surgical procedure.
The benefits to Mohs Surgery include:
- 99% accuracy
- Preservation of a maximal amount of healthy skin
- Minimal patient preparation
- Limited aftercare for most patients
Skin Cancer & Lesion Removal
Skin cancer is the most common carcinoma worldwide affecting millions.
One in five Americans and one in three Caucasians will develop skin cancer
in their lifetime; one person dies almost every hour from melanoma. It
is also one of the most preventable cancers. Protection of the skin from
ultraviolet light (UV) exposure and early detection through preventative
skin screening can drastically reduce the risk of skin cancer.
The three most common forms of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC),
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Malignant Melanoma (MM). Only a skin
biopsy can definitively determine if a mole or lesion is cancerous. Any
lesion that changes in size, color, shape or texture, itches or bleeds
for no reason should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible.
The ABCDE rule outlines the clinical presentation and warning signals of
the most common type of melanoma. “A” is for asymmetry (one
half of the mole does not match the other half); “B” is for
border irregularity (the edges are ragged, notched, or blurred); “C”
is for color (the pigmentation is not uniform, with variable degrees of
tan, brown, or black); “D” is for diameter greater than 6
millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser); “E” is for
evolution, elevation and/or enlargement of a lesion.
Any suspicious skin lesion or mole can be removed for testing by a simple
skin biopsy. A biopsy is a routine procedure and requires only a minimal
amount of discomfort and time.
To learn more or schedule an appointment,
contact our offices at:
- Brooksville: (352) 596-4090
- Palm Harbor: (727) 772-7360
- Hudson: (727) 862-8561