Houston Physician Assistant Tricia Ridley

– Hi my name is Tricia Ridley, I’m a physician assistant and I’m part of the Mohs surgery team
at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. (upbeat music) When I go to work, I get excited because patients may come
in scared about skin cancer, they may have never heard it before, but the best part of my job is that I get to educate them about what they have and give them the comfort of knowing that we can take care of their problem in a timely fashion. Mohs micrographic surgery
is a process in which, when a patient has a skin cancer and what it entails is
removing the skin cancer, removing a tumor while leaving as much good tissue behind as possible. The benefit to Mohs surgery is that it’s usually done in one morning, it has a very high cure
rate, 98 to 99% cure rate. Everything is done under local anesthesia. You’re removing layers,
so to speak, as you go, so you’re just taking as
much tissue as you need, minimizes the chance of large defects on the face, eyelids, nose, anywhere that patients might be
more sensitive about. I really, honestly, just
like to treat patients as I would want my own
family to be treated because I think it’s important to have that communication
and trust up front. I’m really excited to meet new patients and just let them know
that I’m here to serve them and provide good patient care. (upbeat music)

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