MOHS Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. The procedure was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs, a Dermatologist, at the University of Wisconsin and is now practiced by Mohs surgeons throughout the world, who are the most highly specialized physicians in dermatology today. Mohs was designed to reduce the re-occurrence of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue, so that all roots and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. It should be noted that the Mohs surgery removes only the cancerous tissue, while the normal tissue is spared.

Dr. Harrison is a Certified Mohs Surgeon

As a certified Mohs surgeon and specialist, Dr. Harrison has expert training in skin cancer excision, and has further specialized training in reading the cancer slides as a pathologist. He is able to detect the extent of the skin cancer, and is thus able to conserve tissue in sensitive areas such as the face, nose and ears. It is the safest procedure and has been recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate. Dr. Harrison has become alarmed at the rising incidence of skin cancer over the last few years and has continuously trained in surgery to meet the needs of our community. Dr. Harrison is a gifted surgeon who painstakingly closes the resulting excision in the most cosmetically appealing technique possible.

Benefit of the MOHS Surgery Procedure:

Dr. Harrison performs Mohs surgeries as an outpatient procedure. The patient is awake during the entire procedure, and discomfort is usually minimal. It is important to note that Mohs surgery is not appropriate for the treatment of all skin cancers. Mohs Micrographic surgery typically is reserved for those skin cancers that recurred following previous treatment or for cancers that are at high risk for recurrence. Mohs surgery also is indicated for cancers located in areas such as the nose, ears, eyelids, lips hairline, hands, feet and genitals, in which maximal preservation of healthy tissue is critical for cosmetic or functional purposes.

For your convenience, our surgical center is located inside the TrueSkin Dermatology and Surgery office located at 10011 S. Centennial Parkway, Suite 200, Sandy, UT 84070. If you have any questions or wish to speak to a Mohs specialist, please give our office a call and schedule an appointment at 801-255-7546.