MOHS Micrographic Surgery Overview

Dr. Laing is an expert in MOHS surgery. She has been performing MOHS surgery since 1992. She founded the MOHS Surgery section at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and was the regions first MOHS surgeon.

(reprinted with permission from the American College of MOHS Surgery)

MOHS Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. The procedure is performed by specially trained surgeons who have completed at least one additional year of fellowship training (in addition to the physician's three-year dermatology residency) under the tutelage of a MOHS College member.

Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. MOHS, the MOHS procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment that has been continuously refined over 70 years. With the MOHS technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Because the physician is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction, MOHS surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer - up to 99 percent. The MOHS technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.For more information visit: