Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center
Glenn Kolansky, MD, FAAD
Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon located in Tinton Falls, NJ
Every day, as many as 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country. Removal of any cancerous growth is recommended to prevent more serious health consequences. Board-certified dermatologist, Glenn Kolansky, MD, FAAD, at Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, is fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery, the most advanced and precise surgical technique for removal of skin cancer. If you have concerns about skin cancer or need a growth removed, call the office or book online today.
Mohs Surgery Q & A
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is the most advanced and effective procedure for the removal of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. After completing his residency in dermatology, Dr. Kolansky received fellowship training under the tutelage of a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery to be able to provide this special service to his patients. Since his fellowship, Dr. Kolansky has used this advanced procedure to help many patients.
During the procedure, Dr. Kolansky removes the cancerous tissue layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy skin intact. It’s considered the most exact and precise method of tumor removal and minimizes the chances of regrowth as well as scarring or disfigurement.
How do I prepare for Mohs surgery?
Dr. Kolansky provides you with specific instructions on how you prepare for your Mohs surgery. He may request that you alter your medication schedule to reduce risk of bleeding. He also asks that you wear comfortable clothing to the appointment and that you not schedule any other appointments that day. Because the tumor is removed so precisely, Dr. Kolansky can’t predict how long your procedure may take.
What can I expect during Mohs surgery?
Dr. Kolansky performs your Mohs surgery at the office. He begins by first administering a local anesthesia to the area to minimize discomfort. He then removes a pancake-like layer of tissue from the tumor site, which is then used as a guide for the removal of the remaining layers of cancerous tissue.
Dr. Kolansky continues to remove layers of tissue from the site of your tumor, inspecting each layer under a microscope as he goes. Once he identifies the layer of tissue without cancerous cells, the removal process stops, and he closes your wound to minimize scarring.
After your surgery, Dr. Kolansky has you return to the office for follow-up appointments so he can monitor the healing process.
Am I a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
Dr. Kolansy determines if you’re a good candidate for Mohs surgery during yoru skin cancer evaluation. It’s most commonly used to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. You may be considered a good candidate for the procedure if:
- You have a large cancerous lesion
- The edge of your cancer isn’t clearly defined
- Your cancer is in a visible area
- Your cancer looks or is aggressive
- You have a deficient immune system
- You want the best cosmetic outcome
Mohs micrographic surgery is considered the best treatment option for skin cancer because it has the lowest recurrence rate and spares the most normal tissue.
To learn more about the benefits of this advanced procedure from a well-trained, experienced physician, contact Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center by phone or online today.