Dr. Jamison Strahan is an exceptionally talented, board certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He takes great pride in the meticulous surgical and non-surgical treatments that he provides to his patients. Dr. Strahan is a member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs is a highly specialized treatment for the total removal of skin cancer. Mohs surgery is done as an outpatient, with local anesthesia, there is no need to be “put to sleep.” We perform the treatment in our office, in an outpatient surgical suite, and you will return home the same day. Mohs surgery is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, the physician who developed the technique. This method differs from all other procedures used to treat skin cancer because of the complete microscopic examination of all of the tissues that are surgically removed. We also use a detailed mapping technique which allows the dermatologist to remove every cancer cell. The procedure is begun after the skin is injected with local anesthetic to completely numb the area. Then the visible cancer and a very thin layer of skin are removed from that exact location. This will be repeated as often as necessary to completely remove the cancer.
What are the advantages of Mohs surgery?
By using these detailed mapping techniques and complete microscopic control, the Mohs surgeon can pinpoint areas involved with cancer that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Therefore, even the smallest microscopic roots of cancer can be removed. This results in:
(1) The highest possibility of curing the cancer.
(2) The removal of as little normal skin as possible.
What are my chances for cure?
Using Mohs surgery, the percentage of cure is the highest of all treatments for skin cancer; up to 99% for previously untreated skin cancers. Skin cancers that have recurred after prior treatment attempts may have lower cure rates. This procedure is the most exact and precise method of tumor removal. Mohs surgery minimizes the chance of recurrence of the cancer and lessens the potential for scarring.