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.
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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.