Call Us: 641.494.5200

What services do we provide?

MCC’s general surgery specialists focus on the treatment of various diseases and conditions that require surgery. We use minimally invasive endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical techniques with most conditions. Our general surgeons perform a wide variety of procedures, including:

Contact our General Surgery Department: 641-494-5260

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is a major and serious disease that unfortunately affects a large number of women each year. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women and affects one in every eight women in the United States.

While the exact cause of breast cancer is not known, there are many steps you can take now to help prevent the disease. Breast cancer occurs most frequently in women who have a family history of breast or other cancers, extended use of hormone therapy and exposure to radiation. While breast cancer usually occurs later in life, it is never too soon to start taking action to prevent it. Simple steps such as healthy diet and exercise can decrease the risk of breast cancer. Limiting alcohol, staying physically active and reducing fat in your diet are all helpful to reducing your risk.

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)

Mason City Clinic | General SurgeryThe gallbladder produces a liquid that aids digestion in the intestine. Removal of the gallbladder, called cholecystectomy, may be recommended when the gallbladder is inflamed, blocked, diseased, and cancerous or contains gallstones. Untreated gallstones can cause complications such as biliary colic, cholecystitis, cholangitis, gangrene, jaundice, pancreatitis, sepsis, fistula, ileus and cancer.

Colon Resection

Colon resection is the surgical removal of all or part of the colon (the large intestine) for conditions such as colorectal cancer. The diseased portion is removed through an incision in the abdomen and the healthy ends are reconnected. If the entire colon is removed, the procedure is called a colectomy.

Endocrine Surgery

The endocrine glands are responsible for secreting hormones in our bodies. These glands include the thyroid in the front of the neck, four parathyroids behind the thyroid, two adrenal glands near each kidney, neuroendocrine glands in the pancreas, and the pituitary gland in the brain. Endocrine surgeons have special expertise in operating on the endocrine glands when they produce abnormal and harmful amounts of hormones. Surgical removal of all or part of an endocrine gland is often an effective treatment for cancer and benign tumors, cysts, nodules, parathyroid adenoma, Grave’s disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, Conn’s Disease and pheochromocytoma.

GERD Surgery

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or Reflux Surgery

Gastroesophageal reflux, or esophageal reflux, is the return of the stomach's contents back into the esophagus. In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent food and acidic stomach juices from flowing back into the esophagus. Reflux occurs when the LES (valve) weakens and does not close.

GERD can lead to esophagitis, erosive esophagitis and eosinophilic esophagitis, and a hiatial hernia or a paraesophageal hiatal hernia can lead to GERD.

Symptoms of GERD or reflux include heartburn, regurgitation, hoarseness, coughing and/or sore throat, throat clearing and difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). When medications for GERD such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are not controlling symptoms, or if you are looking for an alternative to medications, surgery may be an option.

Complete Diagnostic Testing

We provide complete diagnostic testing for GERD and other esophageal complaints, including 48-hour esophageal pH monitoring (Bravo probe) and esophageal high-resolution manometry.

Please note: All of the following surgeries will include repair of a hiatal hernia if present.

LINX procedure

Dr. Matthew Fabian is the only provider in North Iowa who performs this procedure.

Using a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical technique, a quarter-sized flexible band of magnetic titanium beads is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach. This strengthens the body's natural barrier against acid reflux while allowing food and liquid to easily pass through when swallowing. The magnets open to allow food and liquid down, then close to prevent stomach contents from moving up, stopping acid reflux at the source. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes. The LINX system begins working immediately, and patients generally go home the same or next day.

Nissen Fundoplication

This GERD or anti-reflux surgery reinforces the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter, by wrapping the stomach around the lower esophagus, making it less likely that acid will back up into the esophagus.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

Called the TIF procedure, this minimally invasive GERD surgery accesses the stomach through the mouth. It is performed from inside the stomach and requires no incisions. It repairs hiatal hernia and restores the shape and function of the esophageal valve.

Heller Myotomy

This is a surgical procedure in which the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter are cut, allowing food and liquids to pass to the stomach. It is used to treat achalasia, a disorder in which the lower esophageal sphincter fails to relax properly, making it difficult for food and liquids to reach the stomach.

Dr. Fabian can provide consultation to those patients who have had GERD or reflux surgery in the past and are not satisfied or are having symptoms.


A hernia occurs when tissue or part of an organ, usually the intestines, protrudes through the abdominal wall. The protruding tissue may lose blood supply and become obstructed, resulting in health problems as serious as life-threatening gangrene. Most hernias occur in the abdominal wall, either in the groin (inguinal, femoral) or navel (umbilical) or at surgical incision sites (incisional). Hernias usually cause pain in the groin or abdomen, especially during lifting of heavy objects, coughing, sneezing, urination or bowel movements. A lump or bulge may also be apparent.


Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems of the abdominal and pelvic areas. During this procedure, an endoscope (tube) with a camera on the end is inserted through a tiny incision to allow your doctor to closely examine the organs of the area. Surgical instruments can be inserted through additional incisions to treat any identified problems.


Also known as breast-conserving or breast-sparing surgery, lumpectomy is a surgical procedure that removes cancerous or otherwise abnormal breast tissue. While it is usually performed to confirm the presence of breast cancer, lumpectomy can actually treat breast cancer if caught at an early stage. While mastectomy removes the entire breast, lumpectomy only removes a portion of the breast, keeping its overall appearance intact.


A mastectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the breast in patients with breast cancer. This is one of the most commonly used and most effective treatment options for breast cancer, as it effectively removes all traces of cancer and reduces a patient’s risk of recurrence.

Why us?

Board-certified in general surgery, our specialists have well over 75 years of combined experience and extensive medical training, including advanced fellowship training from the some of the most prestigious institutions. We provide patients at Mason City Clinic with the latest in general and bariatric surgical care. Patients benefit from easier procedures, faster recoveries and better outcomes. Female patients also receive the latest information on breast cancer prevention – how a healthy diet and exercise can decrease the risk of breast cancer, and how limiting alcohol, staying physically active and reducing fat in your diet can all help reduce your risk.

To learn more about our General Surgery Services, please call 641-494-5260 today to schedule an appointment. Our general surgery patients come to us from Iowa Falls, New Hampton, Charles City, Mason City and Algona.

Our Mission

Why more patients choose Mason City Clinic for all their specialized health needs

World-class care, close to home. That’s what people want. That’s what Mason City Clinic delivers. Mason City Clinic’s well-educated, highly credentialed and experienced physicians bring the latest technology and leading-edge procedures.

During the past 25 years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the North Central Iowa region. Many of our doctors have Iowa and local ties to go with outstanding reputations in their respective fields. Each physician is supported by caring, helpful staff.

Patient Reviews

Our patients say it Best

"No more sour grapes about knee pain for me."

“I injured my knee as a teenager and had surgery. Then, as I got older, the pain returned and began affecting my routine and overall enjoyment of life. My doctor referred me to Darron Jones, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough exam, he said...
Read More

Welcome to Mason City Clinic

In The Media

Radio Podcasts

Mason City Clinic Physicians discuss a variety of patient medical and health issues with Timothy Flemming on monthly KGLO 1300 AM Radio Show

Learn More

TV Segments

See Mason City Clinic specialist physicians and staff and their patients featured in a variety of health and medical television segments.

Learn More

News Articles

Read patient testimonials and other news about how Mason City Clinic is impacting the lives of northern Iowans through specialty medical care.

Learn More

Video Gallery

Get to know our MCC physicians and providers up close and personal with these informative videos. Learn more about their areas of specialization and the many benefits they bring to their patients in Mason City and beyond.

View All