IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR PATIENTS:
Because we are always looking to improve our service to our patients, we have implemented a telephone appointment reminder system (HouseCalls), to provide you with the courtesy of a timely, efficient reminder of your next scheduled appointment.
HouseCalls will call you a few days prior to your next appointment to give you the day, date and time of your appointment. You will also be able to either confirm or cancel your appointment by using your telephone keypad and pressing the following keys anytime during the message:
Press the 1 Key to confirm your appointment
Press the 2 Key to replay this message
Press the 3 Key to cancel your appointment
If you are unavailable when the call is made and have voicemail or an answering machine, the system will leave you a brief message.
We have deiced to implement this system because we feel it is important to provide a higher level of service and a more efficient means of communication. As always, you can contact our office at 631-864-6647 during our regular office hours. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE SUN:
... Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days and more often after swimming or sweating.
... Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses whenever possible.
... Seek shade when appropriate remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
... Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chances of sunburn.
... Protect children from sun exposure by applying sunscreen often during your day out in the sun.
... Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements.
... Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen when outdoors.
... Get regular checkups. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.
THE GOLD STANDARD OF TREATMENT
Why is Mohs Surgery the gold standard of treatment?
Mohs micrographic surgery, an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer, offers the highest potential for cure -- even if the skin cancer has been previously treated. It relies on the accuracy of a microscope to trace and ensure removal of skin cancer cells down to its roots. This allows dermatologists, specially trained in Mohs surgery, to see beyond the visible disease and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor leaving healthy tissue unharmed. This procedure is most often used in treating two of the most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
How often is Mohs surgery successful?
The cure rate for Mohs surgery is as high as 99 percent for basal cell carcinoma and 95% for squamous cell carcinoma and recurrent tumors.
What is a Mohs Surgeon?
The highly-trained surgeons that perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery are specialists in dermatology, pathology and reconstructive surgery. With their extensive knowledge of the skin and unique pathological skills, they are able to remove only diseased tissue while preserving healthy tissue allowing for a good cosmetic outcome.
Why is it important to have only a Fellowship trained Mohs surgeon to perform Mohs surgery?
Fellowship training is additional training beyond medical school and residency in which the surgeon must participate in a minimum of 500 cases under the supervision of a Fellowship-trained instructor. It provides the opportunity for surgeons to become highly skilled in not only removing skin cancers, but offers intense training in pathology which helps determine the extent of the cancer and is a vital ingredient in making sure that your Mohs surgery is successful. In addition, the surgeon is trained in repairing the wound to minimize scarring and obtain the best aesthetic outcome.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR PATIENTS:
As always, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for referring your friends and family to us. It is our goal to help you get well as soon as possible and we appreciate the response and attention you have given us.