Mohs Microsurgery

Mohs Microsurgery is a highly innovative surgical treatment carried out under local anaesthesia. It is indicated to remove skin cancer tumours without damaging healthy tissue and has a higher cure rate than traditional surgery.

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Mohs Microsurgery in Spain

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers among the population. In fact, according to data from the Spanish Association of Dermatology and Venereology and Euromelanoma Spain, the number of people affected is increasing every year and already affects 1 in 5 people under the age of 70. However, dermatologists argue that with proper medical treatment and taken in time, the rate of overcoming the disease is very high.

One of the available and successful surgeries for dealing with skin cancer is known as Mohs surgery. A very advanced treatment for the treatment of aggressive skin cancer that consists of its total removal, but keeping as much healthy skin as possible. In addition, it has some benefits over other skin cancer treatments such as a higher cure rate and it is also less aggressive because it tries to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible and this, among other aspects, reduces the resulting scarring.

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    Treatment characteristics

    This type of surgery is performed to treat some forms of skin cancer.

    By means of this treatment, the entire lesion is resected with extraordinary precision, preserving the maximum amount of healthy tissue.

    This intervention requires between 1 and 4 hours depending on the size of the neoplasm to be treated (although it could take longer) and is performed under local anaesthetic (although, normally, you will be given a Valium or similar to relax).

    This type of surgery requires, in addition to the surgeon, a histopathologist (that is, a sample analysis specialist who will study each sample taken by the doctor “in situ” to help determine at what point the removed tissue is healthy excision should be stopped).

    It is usually done in 2 or 4 stages with a 20 minute wait between them. During this time, the wound will be covered with gauze and the histopathologist will study the removed tissue, thus providing the surgeon with the necessary information to know when the area is free of malignant tissue.

    When this happens, the area is repaired and sutured.

    It is estimated that 97% recover successfully without a trace of cancer.

    You will need to stay in Spain for about 10 days so that the sutures can be removed a week after the procedure.

    Relevant information


    • Immediacy of the removal, restructuring and results
    • No hospitalization required


    • Pain in the area
    • Possible inflammation
    • Infections

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)​.
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which you will be asked to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.​
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.​
    • If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!​.

    After treatment

    • After your discharge from the hospital you will have regular check-ups, first once a month, then every six months and finally once a year..
    • Remember that your recovery time will vary depending on your age, your physical condition, your lifestyle habits and your attitude!.
    • Keep in mind that your successful recovery also depends on you!


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