Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly-specialized surgical technique for removing non-melanoma skin cancers: most commonly basal and squamous cell carcinomas. This procedure is performed in-office under local anesthesia and is covered by most major insurance plans, under appropriate guidelines.
When performed by an experienced dermatologic surgeon, this procedure results in removal of cancer with minimum damage to adjacent normal tissue. During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed, processed, and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Since the excised tissues are examined under a microscope during the procedure, guesswork in estimating the extent of the cancer is eliminated, allowing removal of all cancer cells while sparing normal tissue. The cure rate of the Mohs technique is 99% for most skin cancers, which outperforms all other methods of removal. Mohs is also the go-to method of treatment when all other modalities have failed.
Dr. Schroeder is one of only four fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons practicing in Colorado Springs. She has performed thousands of cases since 2000 and has extensive experience with extremely complex cases involving the eye, lip, nose, and ears. Most patients experience a seamless process, as Dr. Schroeder will perform the excision and closure (repair) in the same day. She does, however, also collaborate with facial plastic surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, and plastic surgery specialists to ensure your very best result. Dr. Schroeder is known for her excellent reconstruction of complex defects with exceptional cosmetic results. In the rare instance when additional intervention is appropriate, Dr. Schroeder also offers her Mohs surgery patients complimentary laser treatments to minimize the appearance of any resultant scarring. She wants you to look your very best and takes pride in your appearance.