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Dr. Ritu Saini, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
423 East 23rd Street
New York, NY

Dr. Ritu Saini is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in New York, NY, Queens, NY, and Rockaway Park, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Saini include hair problems, rosacea, and acne. She is affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and NYU Langone Medical Center. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Saini attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Vytra, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saini has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Cosmetic Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Laser Surgery, Mohs ... (Read more)

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
161 6th Avenue; Suite 1304
New York, NY

Dr. Michael Shapiro's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Shapiro trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shapiro takes. Dr. Shapiro (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Steven M Weissman, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9413 Flatlands Avenue; Suite 102 East
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Steven Weissman is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Brooklyn, NY. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weissman is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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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.