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Mohs Surgery

Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, Mohs is the most effective procedure for treating basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, with the highest success rate of all skin cancer treatments. Mohs allows surgeons to identify and remove tumors one layer at a time while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible, minimizing discomfort and recovery time as much as possible.

Mohs Surgery is a groundbreaking, intricate, highly-effective method of curing skin cancer. Its 99.9% success rate speaks for itself.

At Asarch Center, we pride ourselves in being one of the premier Mohs surgery providers in the region. Dr. Richard Asarch was the first to bring the surgery to Colorado, and with over 30,000 procedures performed, he’s the best choice for your Mohs treatment.

Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate among treatments for skin cancer and can be used for practically any type of skin cancer.

There are many advantages to Mohs surgery compared to other other skin cancer treatments including its high cure rate and cost-effectiveness. Mohs is especially appropriate for skin cancers that:

  • Develop on areas where preserving cosmetic appearance and function are important
  • Have recurred after previous treatment or are likely to recur
  • Are located in scar tissue
  • Are large
  • Have edges that are ill-defined
  • Grow rapidly

If you think you have Skin Cancer, Book a Consultation with us today, or read our helpful blog with several different pictures to help you decide if your mole is healthy or not.

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Many patients are referred to Dr. Asarch by their current physician for concerning lesions or if a biopsy has shown them to have skin cancer, but this is not a requirement. Any Patients can contact the Asarch Center to make an appointment to evaluate suspicious skin lesions or to consult with Dr. Asarch about the Mohs procedure in more detail.

Mohs surgery is unique and so effective because of the way the removed tissue is microscopically examined, evaluating 100% of the s

The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by the Mohs surgeon, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient. Advantages of Mohs surgery include:

  • Ensuring complete cancer removal during surgery, virtually eliminating the chance of the cancer growing back
  • Minimizing the amount of healthy tissue lost
  • Maximizing the functional and cosmetic outcome resulting from surgery
  • Repairing the site of the cancer the same day the cancer is removed, in most cases
  • Curing skin cancer when other methods have failed

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Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate among treatments for skin cancer and can be used for practically any type of skin cancer.

There are many advantages to Mohs surgery compared to other other skin cancer treatments including its high cure rate and cost-effectiveness. Mohs is especially appropriate for skin cancers that:

  • Develop on areas where preserving cosmetic appearance and function are important
  • Have recurred after previous treatment or are likely to recur
  • Are located in scar tissue
  • Are large
  • Have edges that are ill-defined
  • Grow rapidly

If you think you have Skin Cancer, Book a Consultation with us today, or read our helpful blog with several different pictures to help you decide if your mole is healthy or not.

The Asarch Center performs Mohs Micrographic Surgery as an outpatient procedure in our office, with each patient having a private surgical suite.

Our on-site laboratory allows for immediate preparation and microscopic examination of tissue. Since the entire procedure is performed by Dr. Asarch in our own office, other than avoiding non medically-indicated blood thinning medications(Aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil, ibuprofen, etc) no other preparation is necessary. There are no eating restrictions as only local anesthesia is used. You may wish to have someone accompany you to the surgery to chat with during the procedure and to take you home, but it is not required.

As will any skin cancer treatment, Mohs surgery will leave a scar.

However, Mohs surgery preserves as much healthy skin as possible ,and maximizes your options for repairing the surgical defect once the tumor is completely removed. Once Dr. Asarch has completely removed your skin cancer through Mohs surgery, reconstruction for optimizing the final functional and cosmetic result becomes the highest priority. Generally, a post-surgical scar improves with time and can take up to 1 year or more to fully mature. As your surgical site heals, new blood vessels can appear and support the healing changes occurring underneath the skin. This can result in the reddish appearance of the scar, but it is only temporary and will improve with time.

In addition, the normal healing process involves a period of skin contraction, which often peaks 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. This appears as a bumpiness or hardening of the scar. On the face, this change is nearly always temporary and the scar will soften and improve with time. If you have a history of abnormal scarring, such as hypertrophic scars or keloids, or if there are problems with the healing of your scar, injections or other treatments may be used to optimize the cosmetic result. Dr. Asarch is available for you throughout the healing process to discuss any concerns that may arise.

Mohs has a considerably short recovery time compared to similar procedures.

If the wound is sutured, these will be removed in seven to ten days with minimum restrictions during that time. If not, a normal healing time, as with any other cut on your body, is all that is required, and can vary from patient to patient.

Dr. Asarch is Colorado’s First & Most Experienced Mohs Surgeon.

Dr. Asarch received his specialized training with Dr. Mohs in 1977 and has performed over 30,000 procedures utilizing this technique for the removal of skin cancers. Dr. Asarch was the first doctor to bring this wonderful surgery to Colorado, and only in the last several years has the technique become widely available throughout the country. In 1981, he was recruited to create the dermatologic surgery program in the Department of Dermatology at University of Colorado, which included utililizing the Mohs procedure.

For a full biography on Dr. Asarch, check out his Provider Page.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most cost-effective treatment for skin cancer.

According to an article published in the April, 1982 issue of Dermatologic Surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most cost-effective treatment for skin cancer. Mohs surgery offers low recurrence rates, smaller defects (resulting in simpler, less-costly repairs), and overall cost efficiency. The common misconception of Mohs surgery being an expensive option has its roots in the poorly-understood factor that the procedure includes costs of surgical excision, histology preparation and pathology, when in reality it’s a simple in-office procedure.

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