Mohs surgery differs from other surgical techniques in that the excised skin cancer is examined microscopically while the patient is still in the office. The out patient procedure involves numbing the skin cancer site using local anesthetic, removing the skin cancer tissue and then examining it under the microscope to determine if any cancerous cells remain. If any skin cancer cells remain, the process is repeated. Throughout the procedure, the Mohs surgeon “maps” the cancerous tissue thereby knowing exactly where and how deep the cancer extends. This allows the Mohs surgeon to spare the most amount of normal tissue while removing the cancerous tissue.
Once the skin cancer is removed, the repair can begin. For most patients, this is usually done the same day by your Mohs surgeon who is also highly experienced in cosmetic reconstruction. If the skin cancer removal site is more extensive, your Mohs surgeon may seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will discuss these or any other recommendations with you as the procedure progresses. Achieving the most optimal cosmetic results is a top priority for your surgical team.
Dr. Wesley Wu graduated from Brown University and Brown Medical School. Subsequently, he completed a surgical and medical internship at UCLA Harbor Medical Center, a Dermatology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and a Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital.
He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and was awarded the Max-Kade Fellowship for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology's Everett C. Fox Award for his clinical research on skin cancer, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery's Young Investigator Award as well as its Golden Scalpel Championship, and the Cosmetic Surgery Forum's Top Oral Presentation.
He has been a member of and a lecturer for the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.