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Mohs surgery has been recognized as the most curative procedure for removing non-melanoma skin cancers since the 1980s. Also called Mohs micrographic surgery, the procedure was developed by a general surgeon in Wisconsin, Dr. Frederick Mohs. The goal of the Mohs procedure is to completely eradicate and remove non-melanoma skin cancers. Ninety percent of Mohs surgery is performed on the face, mainly the nose and ears. It minimizes the amount of the surrounding healthy skin and tissue that is removed during the process.

What to Expect from Mohs Surgery?

In the operating room, the area where the skin cancer is located is numbed with a local anesthetic. The tumor is curetted and the tissue is cut out around the tumor. This tissue sample is moved to our in-house laboratory to be processed. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to remove a thin layer of tissue. The wound will be bandaged, and you are then directed to the waiting room.

It takes 1 to 1.5 hours to process the sample. After processing, the sample will be examined under a microscope to check for any remaining cancerous tissue. If some cancerous cells remain, then the process continues and more tissue is removed. This process will continue until the tissue is clear upon microscopic examination. Once it is clear, the wound is sutured and bandaged. The average time spent at our office for Mohs patients is 2-6 hours.

Recovery from Mohs Surgery

After the Mohs surgery, you should take it easy for 1-2 days and refrain from exercise or any strenuous physical activity. This will help control swelling, bleeding, and pain. Most patients resume their normal routine after a day. The dressing can be removed two days after the surgery. It is important to clean the wound with soap and water, then apply Vaseline and re-bandage the area. The sutures will need to be removed in a week. There is minimal scarring with Mohs surgery since it only removes the necessary tissue. 

What Makes Mohs Surgery so Effective?

Traditional surgical excisions make vertical slices, almost like cutting a loaf of bread. By using this treatment for skin cancer, the pathologist can only sample the outer margins of the tissue. So only about 1% of the specimen is being examined. Mohs surgery is much more precise with 100% of the specimen examined. Therefore, Mohs surgery results in higher skin cancer cure rates than other methods of surgery. 

Mohs Surgery at Trillium Creek

The Mohs Skin Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art treatment for two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs micrographic surgery performed by the Trillium Creek staff has been found to be highly curative — even if the skin cancer has been previously treated.

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Dr. Baillis explained things very well and made me feel very comfortable and confident throughout the whole procedure. I feel very fortunate to have…

Richard C.

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Dr. Bryan Baillis and his assistant Angie were so kind, caring & compassionate. They explained everything in detail before and during the procedure. They…

Georgia B.

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I’m very satisfied with everything and everyone at the surgery center. Dr. Bryan Baillis was amazing as well as his medical staff. I was…

Frank M.

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Dr. Bryan Baillis is a nice young man, very professional and friendly. I really appreciate the fact that you do not have to wait….

Amy E.

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My whole experience at Trillium Creek was great! The place was very clean and the staff was awesome! The surgeon, Dr. Bryan Baillis, is…

Dale B.

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Was a great experience and I recommend everyone to come here!

Edward C.

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I am extremely happy with Dr. Bryan Baillis. His skills as a surgeon are outstanding and his bedside manner is very delightful. He makes…

Michael E.

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From the time you walk in, they are the sweetest people. I was so scared to have the surgery for skin cancer but once…

Bonnie N.

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I can’t tell you enough what a wonderful office this is! Dr. Baillis is the kindest doctor ever and takes the time to talk…

Linda S.

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Dr. Baillis was friendly and thorough. He explained everything in detail, and followed up with me personally. Nursing staff was efficient and friendly!

Craig E.

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The procedure went smoothly, my anxiety level was greatly reduced due to the terrific staff! They answered all my questions with care and understanding,…

Steve J.

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Everyone on staff was very courteous, knowledgeable and professional. Procedures were explained very clearly prior to execution. Post procedure instructions were clearly outlined.

Cliff G.

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Did not have to wait past my appointment time, treated in friendly and professional manner, questions answered clearly. Very pleased!

Sarah S.

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Dr. Bryan Baillis and medical assistant, Tiffany, treated me wonderfully and let me know what to expect each step of my Mohs surgery. They…

David B.

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Dr. Bryan Baillis is wonderful! He takes time to listen and is thorough with patient treatment and care. I have been pleased with all…

Andrea T.

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I came here to get my keloid on my ear looked at caused by an industrial piercing. Upon my first meeting with Dr. Bryan…

Alysha J.

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Dr. Bryan Baillis was exceptional. Will definitely return and refer family and friends.

Jay C.

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I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. The receptionist was very sweet and kind and friendly, Dr. Bryan Baillis came out and…

Gretchen A.

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I had a great experience at Mohs Surgery Center. I was very nervous about the surgery when I got there, but they made me…

Denise A.

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Dr.Bryan Ballis & all of his medical assistants are PHENOMENAL. They make your entire experience extremely comfortable and answer all of your questions in…

Saige J.

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Can’t say enough good things about Dr. Baillis and the staff at Trillium Creek. They were so kind and made the whole experience as…

Cheryl H.

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I went to Dr. Bryan Baillis to have spots removed. I had no pain during the procedure, they numbed it very well. His medical…

Jean B.

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Professional staff and the doctor took care of all my concerns.

Phil S.

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I saw Dr. Bryan Baillis. He has done an excellent job and continues to call me to follow up and make sure everything is…

Sherrie J.

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I had Mohs surgery, Dr. Bryan Baillis was kind, efficient and clear about what to expect.

Joy M.

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