For Patients with a Diagnosis of
Melanoma, Lentigo Maligna or Atypical Nevus/Dysplastic Mole we
perform a process we refer to as “Slow Mohs”
Your diagnosis makes it desirable for
us to use “permanent” section processing which takes 10-14 hours
to process. We will remove the first layer exactly as described, but
you will go home immediately thereafter. You will need to return the
next morning to find out the results of the pathology. At that time
we will know whether there are any “roots” left and if we have to
take an additional layer of tissue. Once the margins are clear, we
will be able to do whatever is necessary to repair the wound.
Therefore, you will need to plan on at least two (and possibly more)
visits on sequential days for this type of cancer.