Mohs Surgery in Jackson, TN
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WHAT IS MOHS SURGERY?
Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is named for Dr. Frederic Mohs, who developed it in the 1940s. This skin cancer treatment is a state-of-the-art procedure in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon.
WHAT DOES MOHS SURGERY INVOLVE?
Mohs surgery is unique in its precision. Instead of removing the entire clinically visible tumor and a large area of normal-appearing skin around it, the specialized surgeon removes a minimum amount of healthy tissue to totally remove cancer. Thin layers of tissue are systematically excised and examined under a microscope for malignant cells. When all areas of tissue are tumor-free, surgery is complete. This process should not be confused with frozen sections, which refers to random sectioning, examining only a small area of the overall specimen.
WHY IS MOHS SURGERY IMPORTANT?
Skin cancers often send out slender strands of malignant cells or “roots” into the surrounding normal tissue. This type of surgery relies on the use of a microscope to trace out and ensure the removal of the skin cancer’s roots.
WHEN IS MOHS SURGERY INDICATED?
This form of procedure is indicated for skin cancers on the face, where preserving tissue for a good cosmetic result is desired. The procedure is also preferred when the cancer is extensive and grows very quickly, or when it is difficult to determine the extent of the lesion.
Lastly, when other standard methods have been unsuccessful, Mohs surgery offers another chance for cure. This specialized, micrographic surgery has the highest cure rate for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and is the treatment of choice for locally recurrent skin cancers, offering cure rates of 95 to 97 percent. The use of any other method to treat local recurrences achieves a cure rate of only 50 to 60 percent.
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There is no other skin cancer physician, Moh’s surgeon or dermatologist I trust more. I first met Dr. Carranza over 11 years ago before her private practice. I was in a very fragile state and that’s the day she impacted my life forever. My skin cancer journey began a little over 15 years ago in my mid 20’s. I have seen other dermatologist’s and Moh’s surgeon’s in Atlanta, Memphis and Nashville- she is by far the most incredible. Her compassion, knowledge, professionalism, bedside manner is unparalleled to anyone. Sincerely, there is no other person I trust more with my skin cancer journey or skincare needs. Dr. Carranza is most thorough in every exam and procedure. She is persistent in advocating for her patients. She will take her time, listen and explain in a way you will understand. Many doctors these days lack empathy, not her. I noticed that from day one, she genuinely cares. You can tell that this field is a true love and passion. You will see that trait almost immediately after meeting with Dr. Carranza. Let me say this, I hate that people have posted they are upset because they had to wait. Moh’s surgery is not like going through a fast food restaurant. It is a procedure that takes time. You want your surgeon to take that time - making sure those margins are indeed clear. On that note if you do wait a little longer, have comfort because she will take her time with you. Her appointments are not like quickly cooking and flipping a burger to get to the next one. I promise she will impact your life in a positive manner. Trust her expertise and she will guide you in whatever dermatological needs you may have in your life. Dr. Carranza is bar none!
I went to see Patricia Booher for a small spot on my face that had begun to show signs of change. She and all the staff were friendly and professional. Turned out to be malignant. It was removed and healed quickly. Not only would I recommend this office and would use them again, but I already have been back with a place on my arm that turned out to be benign. And I will return if the occasion arises again.
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WHERE IS SURGERY PERFORMED?
Our laboratory is located in our office. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. The surgery can usually be completed in half a day or less.
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WHY CHOOSE THIS TYPE OF SURGERY?
Of all treatments for skin cancer, Mohs surgery:
- Offers the highest cure rate (up to 99%)
- Has the lowest chance of regrowth
- Minimizes the potential for scarring or disfigurement
- Is the most exact and precise means of removal
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MOHS SURGERY
- Quick resolution
- Rapid recovery
- Peace of mind
WHY CHOOSE A FELLOWSHIP-TRAINED MOHS SURGEON?
Mohs micrographic surgery has set a new standard in skin cancer treatment. An increasing number of physicians are performing Mohs surgery, which is now widely accepted as the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. However, not all Mohs surgeons receive the same level of training as Dr. Carranza, a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon.
When it comes to your skin cancer treatment, you deserve no less than the best. Dr. Carranza has achieved the highest degree of Mohs surgery qualification by completing an American College of Mohs Surgery-approved fellowship. For you, this means peace of mind, knowing that you will receive superior quality and competency, as well as an optimal outcome.
COMMITMENT TO SUPERIOR CARE
The ACMS was established by Dr. Frederic Mohs himself, and its fellowship training program is generally acknowledged as the benchmark in Mohs surgery training. Through an extensive application and interview process, only the most qualified physicians are selected by ACMS to participate in a fellowship program. Participants must undergo a rigorous one- to two-year training program subsequent to completing a residency in dermatology.
During fellowship training, Dr. Carranza studied and trained under the guidance of veteran Mohs College surgeons who have demonstrated expertise in this specialized type of surgery. A cornerstone of the ACMS fellowship training program is cultivating experience and judgment in each graduate. Since skin cancer occurs in a diversity of forms, degrees, and locations, the program is set up to be thorough and stringent.
Dr. Carranza met the following requirements in completing her ACMS fellowship:
Participated in a minimum of 500 Mohs surgery cases.
Learned to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples removed during Mohs surgery.
Performed a vast array of reconstructions, ranging from the simplest to the most complex, multi-step repairs.
As an ACMS graduate, Dr. Carranza gained an uncommon level of exposure, including everything from challenging tumor locations to rare tumor pathology and complex wound reconstruction. You can rest assured that she has the training and experience to achieve the best outcome from your skin cancer treatment.