Patients in the areas of Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres who are diagnosed with skin cancer may need to speak to a professional about MOHS micrographic surgery. We have a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon on our team, Dr. Vedvyas, who is able to provide our guests with the highest quality care at our Punta Gorda office.
What is Mohs Surgery?
MOHS micrographic surgery is a technique that removes skin cancers in layers. The entire edge and undersurface of each layer is then examined under a microscope for the presence of cancerous cells. If present, additional layers are taken until the area is free of cancerous cells. The extent and depth of the cancer will determine the extent of the surgery.
At Florida Skin Center, our Punta Gorda facility provides luxurious and comfortable spaces for guests who require Mohs surgery and other surgical procedures. Guests can enjoy private suites with television, drinks, and attentive care during and after their treatment. We also offer same-week Mohs surgery appointments.
Is Mohs Surgery Used to Treat All Skin Cancers?
Mohs is used most often to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs surgery is used to treat skin cancers in visible areas such as the face and neck, cosmetically sensitive areas, or for cancers that have recurred after previous treatment. Mohs surgery can sometimes be used for very thin melanomas, although this is rare.
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting an estimated one million Americans each year. Similar to the tip of an iceberg, cancer visible on the skin’s surface may represent a much larger tumor underneath the skin.
What are the Types of Skin Cancer?
Basal Cell Carcinoma – This is the most commonly occurring type of skin cancer. This cancer occurs in the basal cells, at the base of the epidermis (the outer skin layer). Chronic exposure to the sun is the most common cause of BCCs. Those at risk for this type of skin cancer are anyone with a history of sun exposure, those with fair skin and light eyes, occupations that are outdoors and a history of sunburns as a child.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma – SCCs are the second most common type of skin cancers. This type of cancer can occur on all areas of the body including mucous membranes, but are more common on sun-exposed areas. These types of skin cancers can eventually enter the underlying tissues if not treated properly. In a small percentage of cases, they can spread to outlying tissues and organs. Those most at risk are patients who spend a lot of time outdoors.
Malignant Melanoma – Melanoma is a cancer that arises from the pigment cells of the skin or from similar cells that make up moles. If not treated early, this cancer can metastasize to vital organs of the body. Unfortunately, the incidence of this deadly type of skin cancer is on the rise.
Meet Our Mohs Surgeon
Nationally renowned dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Chetan Vedvyas is the Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology at our Punta Gorda office.
Dr. Vedvyas is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. After medical school and residency training in dermatology, Dr. Vedvyas completed the prestigious Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital’s world-renowned Mohs fellowship program, accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).
Dr. Vedvyas is an active member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Academy of Dermatology. He has authored numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals focused on Mohs surgery, dermatology, and basic science.
If you have skin cancer that requires Mohs surgery, you should know that you are in safe, qualified hands at Florida Skin Center. We have same-week Mohs surgery appointments available at our Punta Gorda office for individuals residing in the Southwest FL area. Contact us today to learn more.