Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic dermatologists are highly trained and experienced in performing Mohs surgery. This expertise means you'll receive exactly the care you need.

Collaboration

Mayo Clinic experts work in teams that ensure the best care and best possible results. In addition to dermatologists, your team may include specialists in pathology, general surgery, plastic surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, and ear, nose and throat (ENT, or otorhinolaryngology), as well as other areas as needed.

Experience

At Mayo Clinic, Mohs surgery is performed by doctors who have undergone a year or more of special training in this procedure. Mayo Clinic also offers a fellowship program to train dermatologists in Mohs surgery.

Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors perform more than 3,900 Mohs operations. Mayo Clinic doctors are well-known for their expertise and experience in treating rare skin tumors.

Innovative treatment

Mayo Clinic's innovative strategies make treatment as effective and comfortable as possible. For example:

  • Doctors regularly incorporate techniques to make you more comfortable during Mohs surgery, such as oral sedatives and music.
  • If you have more than one area of skin cancer that requires Mohs surgery, these additional areas of cancer can be treated at the same time.
  • If your skin cancer is very large and your wound requires specialized nursing care, you can be admitted to the hospital.

Nationally recognized expertise

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Expertise and rankings

Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors perform more than 3,900 Mohs operations. Mayo Clinic doctors are well-known for their expertise and experience in treating rare skin tumors.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — a recognition for an institution's scientific excellence in research and multispecialty resources that are focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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