A biopsy reveals that you have skin cancer. You are not alone. 1.2 million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year with the same concerns as you. It is important for you to know that your skin cancer is the most curable of all cancer types and we are well prepared to help you.
At Monheit Mohs Surgery & Skin Cancer Center, it is our goal to provide personal and compassionate care in our state-of-the-art surgical center with tools and techniques that will provide you the best treatment and cure you expect. Your total care is our obligation. We will not only care for the cancer but also give you the support you need for the surgery and aftercare.
Dr. Monheit trained with Dr. Frederic Mohs, the originator of the procedure, and has 40 years of experience treating our patients. He performs over 2,000 procedures per year and is well prepared to treat your problem.
WHAT TO EXPECT THE DAY OF YOUR SURGERY
At the request of your doctor, our nurse will call you to discuss the Mohs procedure, record your medical history, give you a step-by-step summary of your treatment and then schedule your surgery.
On the day of your procedure, our nursing staff will meet with you and your family to further discuss your surgery and how the plan of care will progress. You will then be escorted to your surgical treatment room and prepared for the procedure. For your comfort, the area will be locally anesthetized.
Dr. Monheit will remove the visible cancer with a mapped layer for microscopic analysis. The mapping, the tissue preparation and microscopic examination will take approximately 45 minutes while you rest comfortably. If any further cancer is found, the remainder will be removed and retested until all traces are gone. Next, the area will be reconstructed with the most appropriate procedure to give you the best functional and cosmetic result. Lastly, you will be escorted to the post-treatment consultation room with your family to discuss post-operative and follow-up care.
DR. GARY D. MONHEIT
As the first Mohs surgeon in Alabama, he paved the way for this valuable procedure to be accepted as the best technique to treat skin cancer. This was accomplished through educational lectures to physicians, patients and medical institutions, including hospitals and insurance companies. After fellowship training with Dr. Mohs, he began practice in Birmingham, Alabama in 1977. Now with 40 years of experience and well over 2,000 Mohs surgical cases a year, Dr. Monheit is well qualified to evaluate and treat your skin cancer. He places emphasis on reconstruction using the most current techniques to give you both functional and good cosmetic results, especially in sensitive areas of the face and body.
Dr. Monheit shares his experience with other dermatologists in a one year fellowship training program. He has mentored over 25 Mohs surgeons who now practice all over the country. He teaches and lectures to residents and medical students at UAB, to national and international dermatology societies and also to the Mohs College. His mission is to provide and disseminate the best care for the treatment and prevention of skin cancer among our peers and patients.