Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique with a near 100% cure rate recommended by international skin cancer guidelines and considered the gold standard when treating specific forms of skin cancer.
The new unit is based at the Advanced Vergelegen Surgical Centre in Somerset West and forms part of the national SkinMatters Mohs and Reconstructive Unit. Collectively the unit has performed over 6 000 Mohs micrographic surgery cases.
Dr De Wet, a fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon through the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, explains: “During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed in stages and microscopically examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove the skin cancer, while causing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue, leading to smaller defects, and maximising the functional and cosmetic outcome that results from surgery.”
Mohs surgery has been proven to provide the highest cure rates, being the most cost-effective and associated with best cosmetic outcomes when treating skin cancer.
Dr De Wet says that there is an epidemic of skin cancer in the world and South Africa is no exception. Although Mohs Surgery is well established in other parts of the world, it is only recently that South Africans have been able to benefit from this specialised treatment.
This world class, state of the art histopathology laboratory within the theatre complex at Advanced Vergelegen Surgical Centre, is the first of its kind in the Western Cape. The first Mohs procedure at the new unit was performed on Friday 9 October and, according to Dr De Wet, was a great success.
Mohs surgery and reconstruction is a same day procedure performed in a day hospital setting and covered by most medical aids.
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa? The Mohs Micrographic Surgery technique is a precise surgical technique for skin cancer with a near 100% cure rate. The good news is that this highly specialised treatment is now available to patients in the Winelands area.
Read more about what the technique entails and how Dr Johann de Wet and his team of specialist doctors have just completed the first successful Mohs surgery at the Advanced Vergelegen Surgical Centre in Somerset West – https://derminstitute.co.za/dr-johann-de-wet-brings-gold-s…/