Dermatology & Skin Health has long been on the frontline of the education, prevention, and combative measures in the eradication of skin cancer. In order to maintain this combative stance, on September 1st, we are so pleased to welcome new Mohs surgeon, Gary Mendese to the team to further our service offerings in the surgical practices linked to ridding patients of diagnosed skin cancers.
Gary currently practices at Mystic Valley Dermatology and will continue to split time between the two. He’ll be one of the very few Mohs surgeons accessible to all of us here in the Seacoast New Hampshire area.
“I’m very excited to join the Dermatology & Skin Health team,” said Mendese. “Their reputation is great in the healthcare field, and the team is truly a well-oiled machine. Also, everyone gets along very well which is what attracted me to accept a position with the practice. I’m happy to add to the fantastic efforts and tradition they’ve been providing their patients for years.”
Developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery has, with a few refinements, come to be embraced over the past decade by an increasing number of surgeons for an ever-widening variety of skin cancers.
Today, Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (BCCs and SCCs), the two most common skin cancers. It accomplishes the nifty trick of sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely expunging cancer cells; cure rates for BCC and SCC are an unparalleled 98 percent or higher with Mohs, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method. (www.skincancer.org)
“I’ve always been interested in procedurally oriented dermatology, particularly with cancer and the precise practice of taking it out and putting the patient back together again,” said Mendese. “The method of Mohs surgery appeals to me because all of the patients are awake during the procedure and I have the appreciated the opportunity to learn their life stories while we’re going through the procedure.