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We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Coventry Silver near Fort Washington, PA.

Dr. Andrew K Pollack, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology; Skin Cancer & Mohs Surgery Center501 Office Center Drivesuite 195
Fort Washington, PA

Dr. Andrew Pollack practices pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Pollack include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Pollack's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pollack accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Pollack speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Abington Health and Chestnut Hill Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Laurence Kaplan, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology; Skin Cancer & Mohs Surgery Center
Fort Washington, PA

Dr. Andrew Kaplan is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Fort Washington, PA. In his practice, Dr. Kaplan focuses on skin cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Kaplan average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Kaplan is professionally affiliated with Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
501 Office Center Drive; Suite 195
Fort Washington, PA

Dr. Priya Dhanaraj specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her clinical interests include skin issues and cosmetic skin treatment. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Dhanaraj graduated from Duke University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
531 W Germantown Pike; Suite 201
Plymouth Meeting, PA

Dr. Michael Lehrer is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lehrer include cosmetic skin treatment and skin cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Lehrer studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment

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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.