We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Blue Advantage Gold HMO 101 near Tyler, TX.

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Dr. Shanna Burris Meads, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1367 Dominion Plaza
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Shanna Meads' specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Meads studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Lawrence Lazelle Anderson, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1367 Dominion Plaza
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Lawrence Anderson's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Anderson honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1367 Dominion Plaza
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. William Grabski is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Grabski is 1.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in skin cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1367 Dominion Plaza
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Beck's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Beck's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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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