When you have been diagnosed with melanoma, skin cancer, you want to find the best Midtown Manhattan skin cancer doctor to treat you successfully. And to insure that the reconstructive surgery is the best it can be, you want to choose a plastic surgeon who has the skill, experience, and compassion to guide you through this sensitive process. Dr. Lloyd Hoffman is the plastic surgeon to see for caring and exceptional service. Dr. Hoffman has the talent of a skilled surgeon with the artistry of a craftsman. He completed his general surgery training at Cornell/New York Hospital and went on to fellowships in plastic surgery, hand surgery and microsurgery at the Institute for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New York University. Dr. Hoffman has been recognized nationally and internationally for his surgical skills, published works and his teaching abilities. Dr. Hoffman is completely focused on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and devotes himself entirely to patient care. When you come in, you will be greeted by a warm and welcoming staff.
The surgery offered by this top Midtown Manhattan skin cancer doctor to excise the cancer is called Mohs surgery. This procedure offers a unique benefit because during surgery, the surgeon can see where the cancer stops. This isn’t possible with other types of treatment for skin cancer. The benefits of this type of procedure are a high cure rate and it allows you to keep as much healthy skin as possible since Dr. Hoffman removes only the skin with cancer cells. There are other advantages as well. During Mohs surgery, most patients remain awake and alert. This means Mohs can safely be performed in a medical office or surgical suite. On the day of the surgery, Dr. Hoffman will examine the area to be treated and then you will be readied for surgery. This includes giving you an injection of anesthetic. This injection only numbs the area that will be operated on, so you’ll be awake during the surgery. Once the anesthetic takes effect, the surgery can begin. The surgeon starts by first cutting out the visible skin cancer. Next, the surgeon removes a thin layer of surrounding skin. You’re then bandaged so that you can wait comfortably. While you wait, the doctor looks at the removed skin under a microscope, looking for cancer cells. If cancer cells are found, you’ll need another layer of skin removed. This process of removing a thin layer of skin and looking at it under a microscope continues until the surgeon no longer sees cancer cells.
Once cancer cells are no longer seen, the doctor will decide how to treat your wound. Some wounds heal nicely without stitches, others need stitches. To minimize the scar and help the area heal, some patients require a skin graft or other types of surgery. Mohs surgery has a high success rate and Dr. Hoffman is quite skilled in the procedure. If you or any member of your family needs skin cancer screening, make an appointment with this leading Midtown Manhattan skin cancer doctor today.