We found 3 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity near Manitowoc, WI.

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

Dr. Sean Pattee is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Manitowoc, WI and Fond Du Lac, WI. Dr. Pattee is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County. After attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Arizona Health Sciences Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Kenneth Katz is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Manitowoc, WI, Marinette, WI, and Oconto Falls, WI. Dr. Katz 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. His clinical interests include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and mole removal. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Botox Injection, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Tattoo Removal, Mohs Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christopher Burnett is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. His clinical interests include rosacea, acne, and radiesse. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Burnett is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program.

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Clinical interests: Botox Injection, Sclerotherapy, Acne Surgery, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Rosacea, Acne, Radiesse, ... (Read more)

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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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