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We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana HMO near Manitowoc, WI.

Dr. Sean Forrest Pattee, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1515 Randolph Court
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. Sean Pattee specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is especially interested in skin cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Pattee graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Pattee is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

Dr. Kurt Walter Grelck, DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
801 York Street
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. Kurt Grelck is a pediatric dermatologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon in Chilton, WI, Grafton, WI, and Kenosha, WI. Dr. Grelck's areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Christopher Thomas Burnett, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
801 York Street
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. Christopher Burnett works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Manitowoc, WI and Glendale, WI. Dr. Burnett is especially interested in academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

Dr. Kenneth Henry Katz, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
801 York Street
Manitowoc, WI
 

Dr. Kenneth Katz practices dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He has a special interest in skin issues and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Katz is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.