Anne Arundel Dermatology

Our Surgery Centers

Mohs Surgery Center, Annapolis and Prince Frederick, MD

We have surgery centers in Annapolis, Bethesda, Prince Frederick, Glen Burnie, and Hagerstown, Maryland and Fairfax, Virginia. All are staffed by surgeons specially trained in Mohs Micrographic surgery. This surgical approach minimizes the amount of healthy tissue lost and maximizes the functional and cosmetic outcome of the surgery. It has the highest rate of cure of any surgical procedure for the treatment of skin cancer. Our surgeons have performed thousands of Mohs procedures. In addition to serving our own patients, our surgeons welcome referrals for Mohs treatment from many area general physicians as well as other dermatologists.

Dr. Farley and Dr. Harrington at our Annapolis Surgery Center.
Dr. Farley and Dr. Harrington at our Annapolis Surgery Center.

What is “Mohs Micrographic Surgery”?

The visible portion of the tumor is removed, then working outward from the affected area, a thin layer of skin is removed at a time. The tissue is immediately evaluated under a microscope to determine the extent of the cancer. Successive layers are removed only where necessary, until no tumor is present. This complete, systematic microscopic search for the “roots” of the skin cancer, offers a 97% – 99% chance for complete removal of cancer without an excessive loss of normal tissue. As a result, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is very useful for large tumors, tumors with indistinct borders, tumors near vital functional or cosmetically important areas, and tumors for which other forms of therapy have failed. However, no surgeon or technique can guarantee a 100% chance of cure.