Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Getting Specific About General Surgery

To Your Health
Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System 

Submitted Photo | Dr. Jonas Mansson

In 2017, General Surgeon Dr. Jonas Mansson, his wife, cardiologist Dr. Sarah DeLeon Mansson, and their four young children relocated from Bergen County, New Jersey, to Southwest Florida. 

Dr. Manssons also brought their considerable skill sets to Physicians Regional Healthcare System. For Dr. Jonas Mansson, it wasn’t really a major life change. He grew up in Cape Coral and the desire to “come home” eventually won him over. 

I always find it interesting to discover why an individual pursues a career in medicine. And not only those who travel down the challenging educational path to becoming medical doctors, but also nurses, clinicians, administrators, and support staff. 

As predictable as it may sound, most medical professionals really do share an overwhelming desire to help people. And Dr. Jonas Mansson is no exception. 

While a student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a young Jonas Mansson initially chose to pursue a career in civil engineering. However, as the university required students to perform community service, he volunteered in the high-energy Emergency Room of a local hospital—and everything changed. “The things that I saw—it was amazing,” he recalls. “Working with people is just something that clicked with me.” 

 Civil engineering’s loss would become the medical community’s gain. 

 To fully understand Mr. Mansson’s considerable impact on our patient population, it’s important to discuss the scope and scale of what is referred to as “general” surgery. 

According to the American Board of Surgery, “General surgery is a discipline that requires knowledge of and responsibility for the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patients with a broad spectrum of diseases—including those which may require nonoperative, elective, or emergency surgical treatment.” 

Despite the use of the word “general,” it’s more important to explore the above reference to “a broad spectrum of diseases.” 

“My choice of General Surgery allowed me to perform a variety of cases,” says Dr. Mansson. “General surgeons specialize in a wide range of surgeries and disorders that are not limited to just one organ system. For example, when I’ve completed a procedure, I’ve treated the disease. That’s a gratifying feeling—one I prefer to ‘take a pill and we will check it later.’” 

Dr. Mansson specializes in advanced gastrointestinal surgery, minimally invasive/robotic-assisted and interventional endoscopy, hepatobiliary surgery, and gallbladder procedures. 

He also completed a fellowship in Robotic and Advanced GI, which incorporates extensive training in surgical oncology. As a result, he also performs stomach, liver, pancreatic and bowel cancer surgeries as well as soft-tissue cancer and melanoma procedures. 

Dr. Mansson performs laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery—using minimally invasive procedures when possible. By using miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high-definition monitors, he can perform surgery through small incisions that take only a few stitches to close. Minimally invasive procedures may result in less blood loss, less pain and a quicker recovery. 

Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic techniques, in which small incisions are made near the surgical treatment area. From a console in the operating room, the surgeon remotely manipulates surgical instruments, which are attached to robotic arms, to perform surgery through the incisions. A powerful camera provides magnified, 3-D images to provide clear details of the surgical area. Robotic technology gives surgeons enhanced dexterity, precision and range of motion. 

Dr. Mansson explains, “The most common ‘general’ surgical procedures I perform are cholecystectomy, appendectomy, and hernia repair. These procedures are also the most common pathologies present in the population.” 

When you need surgery, it can be a stressful and emotional time for you and your loved ones. “Surgery is one of the hardest things people have to go through. To make it easier on everyone involved, I try to treat people like they are members of my family.” 

In many ways, we at Physicians Regional are all about providing access—a patient’s access to the care they need as well as our medical team’s access to a patient’s complete medical history. 

For example, when a Physicians Regional primary care physician or specialist refers a patient for surgery, Dr. Mansson will have immediate access to that patient’s complete medical record—as well as the direct support of the referring physician. 

In this case, “access” equals comfort. 

Dr. Mansson adds, “Physicians Regional offers the most advanced technology and a multitude of specialists in a comfortable and caring atmosphere.”  

That’s a combination that’s hard to beat.  

For more information or to make an appointment with a primary care physician, gastroenterologist, colorectal surgeon, please call 239-348-4221 or visit PhysiciansRegionalMedicalGroup.com. 

Sidebar: 

Education 

  • M.D., Ross University School of Medicine Commonwealth of Dominica, 2002-2006. 
  • Bachelor of Arts & Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (Biology), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1998-2002. 

Advanced Training 

  • The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, 2012-2017 Assistant Program Director, Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship. 
  • The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, 2011-2012 Minimally Invasive/Robotic Surgery and Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship. 
  • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ, 20062011, Surgical Residency – Chief Resident. 

Certifications 

  • American Board of Surgery 
  • ACLS 
  • FLS 

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