What is Mohs Surgery?
Cancer is an intimidating word. For patients who received a recent skin cancer diagnosis, Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, performs Mohs surgery at his office in Draper, UT. Mohs surgery is a technique that carefully and meticulously removes a skin cancer tumor. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as little of your healthy skin as possible and maintain an optimal success rate for skin cancer elimination. Dr. Chiddy uses this surgical procedure to treat squamous and basal cell carcinomas, melanomas, and other less common types of skin cancer. Dr. Chiddy has extensive experience performing Mohs surgery. During your surgery, he will slowly and carefully remove the malignant cells one layer at a time. After each layer, he inspects the cellular makeup of the skin and determines if any cancer is still present. Please contact our Draper, UT office now to schedule an appointment.
"Did you know Dr. Chisester is also a reconstructive hand surgeon and hand specialist? My father was having major trouble with his hands for over a year. I direct messaged Dr. Chisester on Instagram and not only did HE respond, he took time to explain things my dad could do until he was able to get an appointment. My dad expressed how much he loved Dr. C during his appointments. He has amazing bed aide manner, an amazing staff, and truly cares about his patients, their happiness and really makes sure he provides stellar service! My dad was so happy with with him that I know for a fact if I ever chose plastic surgery or need a hand specialist he’s the only doctor I would contact and the only doctor I will recommend! Do yourself a favor and get on his books ASAP!!! Thank you Dr. Chidester and staff!!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"I had heard of Dr. Chidester through so many people that I knew exactly who I wanted to do my surgery when I finally took the plunge. He’s incredibly professional, kind, knowledgeable and fun. His staff is the same way. I was comfortable going under the knife and knowing that the results would be amazing. The entire process was easy and simple. He even responded to my crazy drug fueled rage after the surgery. You won’t be disappointed! That is if you can nab an appointment. 10/10"- T.L. / Google / Nov 13, 2020
"Dr. Chidester is amazing! He was very attentive to all of the many questions and concerns I had. The cost of the procedures I had done were reasonably priced and I definitely feel like I got the results I paid for. He has a fantastic office staff and nurses who answer emails on the weekends! They truly care about their patients and are willing to help as soon as they can. 100% recommended!!! I am so happy I chose him for my plastic surgery."- A.M. / Google / Nov 12, 2020
"Dr chidester is amazing! He pays great attention to detail and made sure I felt taken care of and all my questions were answered. He did my breast reconstruction case which has always made me feel self conscious. I had been to other consultations with plastic surgeons. He is the only one I felt so comfortable with. Also, he had other options that no one had offered me. He is a really popular and great plastic surgeon and think it’s great he said yes to my case! He never promises perfection but comes pretty close to it! I feel pretty great and my confidence has gone up so much! Safe to say he will always be an important part of my journey through life and his knowledge and expertise will always have a positive impact on my life and others. His office staff as well always had time to answer all my questions along the way and were very kind."- N.I. / Google / Nov 09, 2020
"Nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Chidester and his amazing staff! I have never had a doctors office be so accommodating and quick at responding to my needs and questions. Dr. Chidester did everything he could to make sure I ended up getting exactly what I had in mind and I am thrilled with my results!"- M.P. / Google / Nov 06, 2020
Is Mohs Surgery Ideal For You?
The Mohs surgery technique is primarily used to eliminate the two most common types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. However, Dr. Chiddy can use it to treat a range of other skin cancer types. If you have melanoma or a different kind of rare skin cancer, we can complete a consultation to help determine if Mohs surgery is right for you. Mohs surgery is an ideal treatment option if you have a higher risk of skin cancer recurrence, or if it has already returned after undergoing another type of treatment. The cells are also found in sensitive areas, such as the eyes, ears, mouth, or nose. Mohs surgery also works well on large and aggressive skin cells or ones with boundaries that are tough to treat.
At the beginning of your procedure, Dr. Chiddy utilizes local anesthetics to numb the treatment area before making small incisions. These incisions are comparable to a map, and they correspond with the orientation of your removed skin. Next, the excised layer is frozen, processed, and analyzed under the microscope. If Dr. Chiddy detects additional cancer cells, he will mark it on the corresponding map and repeat this step. The process continues until he sees a clean layer with no remaining cancer. The number of layers removed and the length of the treatment depends on the stage of your cancer. After your procedure, you will have a wound. Depending on the size of your treatment area, Dr. Chiddy may use sutures or a more complicated cosmetic procedure for bigger wounds.
What to Expect After Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is not an easy solution, but when choosing a trained plastic surgeon, many patients only experience minor pain. At our office in Draper, UT, Mohs surgery is completed as an outpatient procedure, and you can usually drive yourself home after the treatment. Even though Dr. Chiddy bandages the site, patients can usually resume their normal routine the next day. However, for 1 – 2 weeks, you should avoid any strenuous activities. If Dr. Chiddy uses sutures, he removes them within 6 – 14 days. Scarring will vary and depend on the procedure. With a 99% cure rate, Mohs surgery works well for main basal cell carcinoma and thin melanomas. Primary squamous cell carcinoma has a lower cure rate at around 97%.
Seek Superior Care
When facing a skin cancer diagnosis, patients should conduct thorough research and locate an experienced Mohs surgeon. A good Mohs surgeon will help you set realistic expectations, listen to your concerns, address your needs, and answer any questions you may have. The success rate for Mohs surgery is directly connected to a doctor's skill and experience. During your consultation, Dr. Chiddy develops a detailed and personalized treatment plan that works best for you. Once he has the treatment plan ready, his team can discuss pricing and financing through Prosper, CareCredit, and Mountain America Credit Union. To receive additional information about Dr. Chiddy's training and success rates, please call our office in Draper, UT to learn more and schedule an appointment.