We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Sarasota, FL.

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Dr. Jennifer T Trent, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
5741 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 450
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Trent, who practices in Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include facial problems, birthmark removal, and rosacea. Dr. Trent accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Trent completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Her distinctions include: Celia and Samuel Resnik Dermatology Resident Research Award; Young Investigator's Research Award from the American Academy of Dermatology; and Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Student Teaching.

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Clinical interests: Juvederm, Chemical Peels, YAG Laser Surgery, Facial Problems, Rosacea, Restylane, Radiesse, Laser ... (Read more)

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8430 Cooper Creek Boulevard; Suite 102
University Park, FL
 

Dr. David Bracciano's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bracciano attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2750 Bahia Vista Street; Suite 250
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Croce Patti, who practices in Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Patti attended medical school at New York Medical College. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1849 S Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Alfred Hernandez is a Sarasota, FL physician who specializes in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Hernandez average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2426 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.
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