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Dr. Robyn Friedman Friedman, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3800 Park Nicollet Boulevard; Dermatology Department
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Robyn Wetter is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wetter include reconstructive surgery and skin cancer. Dr. Wetter honors Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Wetter attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Wetter has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition. She is affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - St. Louis Park. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer

Dr. Dane Robert Christensen, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3800 Park Nicollet Boulevard; Dermatology Department
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Dane Christensen is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Saint Louis Park, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Christensen has indicated that his clinical interests include reconstructive surgery and skin cancer surgery. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Christensen is affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - St. Louis Park. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery

Dr. Amanda Joy Tschetter, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
516 Delaware Street Se Pwb; Ste 4-240
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Amanda Tschetter is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She works in Minneapolis, MN. She is especially interested in basal cell carcinoma, cosmetic skin treatment, and melanoma. Dr. Tschetter is affiliated with North Memorial Health Care and the University of Minnesota Health (M Health). She obtained her medical school training at the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Laser Surgery, Mohs Surgery, Skin Issues, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3800 Park Nicollet Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Theresa Ray's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Ray graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - St. Louis Park.

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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.