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We found 2 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept PacifiCare near Sacramento, CA.

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Dr. Ann F Haas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1020 29th Street; #570a
Sacramento, CA

Dr. Ann Haas' specialties are pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. She has a special interest in skin issues. Dr. Haas is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Haas has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Haas's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Herpes, Rosacea, Spider Veins, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Trauner, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1020 29th Street; #570b
Sacramento, CA

Dr. Michael Trauner's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. In Dr. Trauner's practice, he is particularly interested in skin issues. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Trauner attended Duke University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Herpes, ... (Read more)

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What is MOHS-Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical treatment for skin cancer that was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s. It is the most effective technique for removing the most common types of skin cancer. For the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs has a 98-99% cure rate. The remarkable thing about Mohs is that it manages to be extremely good at removing all of the cancer cells while at the same time leaving behind most of the healthy tissue, so there is a smaller wound. This makes the procedure safer, speeds up the the recovery time, and minimizes scarring.

During Mohs surgery, skin around the cancer site is mapped out and removed in thin layers. Then each layer is examined under a microscope for cancer cells, while the surgery is in progress. If cancer cells are detected, the surgery continues and another layer is removed. If the skin is clear, the surgery can be stopped. This eliminates the guesswork for surgeons. There is no need to estimate the borders or roots of the cancer and no need to remove a margin of healthy tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

Even though Mohs has a high cure rate, is safer than other treatments, and takes less tissue, not every skin cancer is treated with Mohs. First, Mohs takes quite a bit longer than traditional surgery because each layer of skin must be carefully cut, prepped, and examined. It is also more expensive and may not always be covered by insurance. In addition, for smaller or less aggressive cancers that are easier to treat, the cure rate for non-Mohs treatments is close to that of Mohs; thus, the extra time and cost of Mohs might not be justified. Other kinds of skin cancer, such as melanoma, are hard to see under a microscope. Since melanoma is so dangerous, Mohs has traditionally not been used to treat it, as there is too much risk for missed cancer cells being left behind in the body. However, recent developments in stains (which make cancer cells more visible under a microscope) may change the role of Mohs in melanoma treatment.

Mohs microsurgery has changed the way doctors treat skin cancer in the past 80 years, and it continues to gain in popularity as it increases the effectiveness and safety of skin cancer treatment.