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We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons near Vadnais Heights, MN.

Dr. Olaf Jonathan Rustad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4480 Centerville Road
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Olaf Rustad is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rustad include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He is affiliated with Fairview Lakes Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rustad attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rustad takes Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

Dr. Joseph Jacob Shaffer, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3555 Willow Lake Boulevard; 3555 Willow Lake Boulevard
Vadnais Heights, MN
 

Dr. Joseph Shaffer specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Eagan, MN, Minneapolis, MN, and Vadnais Heights, MN. Dr. Shaffer (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Dermatology Consultants, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and Fairview Health Services. His education and training includes medical school at United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and the University of London and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Shaffer has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Mohs Surgery

Dr. Julie Seim Cronk, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3555 Willow Lake Boulevard; Suite 240
Vadnais Heights, MN
 

Dr. Julie Cronk is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cosmetic skin treatment, mohs surgery, and skin cancer. Dr. Cronk is affiliated with Dermatology Consultants, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and Fairview Health Services. Dr. Cronk is in-network for Medicare insurance. She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. She has received distinctions including Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer

Dr. Mohiba Khan Tareen, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1835 W County Road C; Suite 250
Roseville, MN
 

Dr. Mohiba Tareen is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. Her areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Tareen average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Tareen's distinctions include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (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.