Surgery

Stephen D. Behlmer, M.D.

Stephen D. Behlmer, M.D. is a physician who is Board Certified in general dermatology with additional specialty training and expertise in cancer surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. He was born in Dubuque Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School. He received training in Internal Medicine and worked as an emergency room physician in Billings prior to three years of additional dermatology training at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Behlmer has been in practice in Dermatology and Dermatologic surgery in Helena MT since 1981. He is a member of numerous specialty societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Montana Medical Association, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Behlmer has received numerous honors for his work in medicine including a Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Academy of Dermatology, and he has been selected to be included in “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Behlmer is actively involved in psoriasis research.

Dr. Behlmer is active in the community. He has been on the Board of Directors for United Way, on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society and he has been elected to serve on Helena District No. 1 School Board as a trustee. He has also been very active in the American Academy of Dermatology serving on numerous boards as well as being on the executive committee of the American Academy of Dermatology Advisory Board, where he represented Dermatologists from the Northwest Region of the United States.

Electrodessication & Curettage (C & D)

The tumor and any surrounding skin affected by the cancer is scrapped off using a curette (harp spoon-like instrument). We proceed to remove the skin until we reach the healthy living tissue underneath so new healthier skin will emerge. This treatment provides great results and is less invasive than many other skin cancer procedures.


Excision of malignant cells

The cancerous tumor is excised with some of the surrounding healthy tissue and is then submitted to our laboratory for the evaluation of margins. Excision has a high cure rate and can reduce the risk of cancer from reoccurring.