We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Lubbock, TX.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3413 20th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Robert Bloom specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Lubbock, TX. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Bloom's areas of expertise consist of facial problems, microdermabrasion, and mole removal. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Botox Injection, Facial Problems, Mohs Surgery, Microdermabrasion, Mole Removal, Eye Problems

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6104 Avenue Q South Drive
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Russell Akin is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Akin attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Akin include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System.

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2202 Ithaca Avenue
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Brent Paulger is a medical specialist in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Paulger accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Paulger has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6104 Avenue Q South Drive
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Ikue Shimizu is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. Dr. Shimizu accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. She is affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System.

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Dr. Jeffrey Scott Brackeen, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery, Pathology
4709 66th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brackeen is a mohs skin cancer surgeon and pathologist in Lubbock, TX. He studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Brackeen highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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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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