We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Solution 102, a Multi-State Plan near Houston, TX.

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Dr Ida Francesca Orengo MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Average rating 3.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
2002 Holcombe
Houston, TX

Dr. Ida Orengo's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Orengo's clinical interests include chemical peels, skin biopsy, and skin surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Orengo accepts. Dr. Orengo has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Italian. Dr. Orengo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), CHI St. Luke's Health, and Houston Methodist Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Skin Biopsy, Skin Surgery, Skin Lesions, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Mark Price MD
Specializes in General Practice, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Average rating 4.3 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 650
Houston, TX

Dr. Mark Price's specialties are general practice and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Cypress, TX. Dr. Price (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is especially interested in skin cancer. Dr. Price's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and Park Plaza Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Price attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Price takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Price is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer

Ryan W Ahern MD
Specializes in General Practice, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 650
Houston, TX

Dr. Ryan Ahern's specialties are general practice and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Cypress, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ahern include skin cancer. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahern honors. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ahern (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ahern's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1401 Binz Street; Suite 200
Houston, TX

Dr. Payal Patel sees patients in Sugar Land, TX, Webster, TX, and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Patel is affiliated with CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital and Memorial Hermann.

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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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