No-Mesh Umbilical Hernia Repair in Fort Myers, FL

Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®

Umbilical or Belly Button Hernias Repaired with No Mesh

No-Mesh Hernia Surgery in Florida

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A trip to our Florida-based practice can save you from the pain associated with mesh-related complications. If you suffer from an umbilical hernia, contact us online or call us at 1-888-884-0019 for a free consultation. We offer an incredible discount if you schedule your initial appointment online. Don’t go anywhere else, because we are the only certified center in the United States endorsed by Dr. Mohan Desarda.



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    Robert Tomas, D.O., FACOS
    Board Certified General Surgeon
    AAAASF Certified Surgical Center
    Fort Myers, Florida

    Can You Repair a Hernia Without Mesh?
    The Answer: Desarda

    If you struggle with an umbilical or belly button hernia, our Florida-based practice could give you your best chance at successful hernia treatment. U First Health & Rejuvenation, also known as Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®, is the only place in the U.S. where you can receive the best-kept secret in umbilical hernia surgery — the  “Tomas Technique”.

    Since 2009, our hernia specialists, Dr. Robert Tomas, have performed more than 2,000 umbilical hernia repairs without mesh. Learn how no-mesh navel hernia repair is an excellent alternative to standard hernia surgeries.

    Garr R
    Garr R
    Very happy with the staff, the process and the results
    Joni Uptegrove
    Joni Uptegrove
    I wanted to wait before writing a review to make sure that I didn't ever have any issues. I had my surgery in May of 2021 and it was a truly wonderful experience. The entire staff was so kind and knowledgeable, from the very beginning to the very end. I did a ton of research about mesh beforehand and ultimately decided that mesh was not the way to go for me personally. Here are the things that I think helped my surgery go smoothly. I had a very small (10mm) umbilical hernia as well as diastasis recti (which caused the hernia I'm sure). Prior to surgery I did an ab rehab program that helped heal my diastasis almost completely. It's a 12 week program (by Nancy Anderson), I got through 7 weeks before my surgery date. I think it helped strengthen my abs so much which helped with recovery. I did a lot of walking and didn't wear the binder for very long. My angel of a mom went with me so I had someone to help me navigate the airport, help me get around, remember my pain meds etc. Nearly 3 years later I have a tiny scar but have had absolutely zero issues. It's like it never even happened! I've been in various states of active since then from super active mountain hunting to couch slug lol and no problems whatsoever. I turned it in to my insurance and they did partially reimburse it. Follow their recovery instructions, try to strengthen your core before and after your surgery, and take care of your body with good nutrition and hydration and I think you'll be very glad you went mesh-free with Dr. Tomas!!
    Erik Mateo
    Erik Mateo
    I wanted to share my experience because going over the reviews and information about u first was very helpful in making a decision. I had hernia surgery July of 2022 and the whole experience was 10 of 10 from staff to doctors. Iam a very active person and was scared of not living that lifestyle after finding out I had a hernia but Iam happy say that Iam back to 100% and feeling great. Make sure to listen to what the staff and doctors say for recovery and give yourself time to heal ( one step at a time) everything will be ok. Hope this helps make someone feel a bit more at ease knowing I know exactly what your going through.
    Eric M
    Eric M
    This may be the best medical facility I have ever encountered, and I've been around for a long time. Alina was the first person I had conversations with and she was very helpful and caring. By the time I had my inguinal hernia surgery in Oct, 2023, I saw that everyone working there had the same friendly compassion and desire to see that I was happy in the process. I had to go to the Colonial Center because of my age and everyone there was also wonderful. Of course the most important thing is the Doctor's ability and manner; they were all professional and masters of their trade. I only took the pain pills for 4 days and I am almost back to normal, now that 6 weeks have gone by. I'm afraid to make any jerky, twisting moves, so I will wait until the second week of Dec. to play golf. A few years ago a golf pro was analyzing my swing and he said I "looked like a gorilla having a seizure." That sounds like the time I could tear some sutures. Anyway, I highly recommend UFirstHealth and wish I went there sooner than I did. Eric M
    Paul Spaniel
    Paul Spaniel
    They did hernia surgery on me in 3 day deal. It worked no more problems.
    erik gallagher
    erik gallagher
    Amazing friendly staff. Awesome doctor. Everyone there was so great. Wonderful experience. Only part of having a hernia I enjoyed was meeting such great people. Thank you to everyone there, you all are masters at what you do. Keep it up! Update one month later: It's almost as though I didn't even have the surgery. The only evidence is an incision ridge, normal, and the hernia being gone. I can cough without a bulge. No heavy feeling down there. No pain. I am ecstatic and grateful for the staff at ufirst. I would have never allowed mesh inside of me, it was dealing with it until it was an emergency and nothing else. I watched the procedure and concluded that I agree with this method as it is logical and should be the gold standard. I feel great and thank you all again and again. Update 6 months later: zero pain, zero discomfort, feeling completely normal, almost like the hernia was never there. I had phantom feelings of it being there, and nightmares, but I believe it was because it was gone as fast as I had gotten it. One day it's there and the next it is gone. I got through the mental anguish by staying positive and trusting the process, visualizing the healing that was taking place. The doctor and staff did their job and I as well and everything came together perfectly. I am eternally grateful for such an amazing experience. Been over a year now, feeling normal. Thank you again!
    C G
    C G
    Dr. Tomas and his team are OUTSTANDING! From the first phone call I ever made to U First Health & Rejuvenation regarding my husband's hernia issue, (with Debra) I felt like I had an advocate. Dr. Tomas is knowledgeable, experienced and totally proficient. He repaired all three of my husband's hernias with an expertise that only comes from years of experience working in his field. Every single member of his team is available, knowledgeable, patient, positive and supportive. Prior to arriving, Debra walked us through the entire process from start to finish, and once we were at the clinic we were impressed with the way everyone involved worked together so harmoniously. We live in Texas and had to travel to Florida for the procedure, but it was worth every effort, time and dollar spent to have such great care. We are sincerely grateful that because of Dr. Tomas' work, we had an alternative to standard mesh hernia surgery. Thank you Dr. Tomas and the whole team!
    Christos Daskalakis
    Christos Daskalakis
    I had bilateral Inguinal surgery about 1 year ago in 2022 with Dr. Tomas and it was the best decision I ever made. Doctor Tomas is a brilliant surgeon. The procedure went great and the staff were very friendly and professional. I did a lot of research before and it seemed like a logical choice. I was up walking the same day but recovery took about a month. Although to get back to working out took like 4 months. I am 60 so not a spring chicken, LOL. Overall, a great experience. I just wished he was closer to me and insurance covered it, but at least the outpatient and the anesthesiologist was paid by my insurance. I also tried to put it through Blue Cross, and they said it can be done, but after several attempts, they still have not reimbursed me. But I will keep bugging them!!!
    Dayne Silverberg
    Dayne Silverberg
    Currently two weeks after my inguinal hernia repair and I am almost completely back to normal. I was nervous about getting this procedure because I’d never had surgery before but the staff at Ufirst made everything so easy and I felt comfortable through the entire process. The recovery wasn’t bad and I am so thankful to be mesh free. I highly recommend Dr. Tomas and the crew here if you have a hernia that needs fixing, you won’t regret it.

    What Are Umbilical Hernias?

    Umbilical hernias happen near your navel or belly button. There is a naturally occurring weakness in this area’s abdominal muscles at the site of the umbilical cord. Umbilical hernias mostly occur in infants just after birth and are typically harmless, usually resolving by age 3 or 4.

    However, the area of abdominal weakness can continue throughout childhood and into adulthood, putting women, men and children at risk of an umbilical hernia. Large umbilical hernias usually require surgery to repair as they may worsen with time.

    Causes of Umbilical Hernias

    During gestation, both the male and female umbilical cord passes through a small opening in a baby’s abdominal muscles. Although this usually closes after birth, sometimes the muscles don’t fully join together and can lead to a belly button hernia. In adults, too much pressure can contribute to umbilical hernias. This added pressure could stem from:
      • Weight gain
      • Excessive coughing
      • Pregnancy
      • Unrelated conditions impacting the abdomen

    Symptoms of Umbilical Hernias

    The symptoms of male and female belly button hernias include:

      • Swelling or bulge near the belly button area, especially when straining to lift something or use the bathroom
      • Abdominal pain or tenderness

    What Is Umbilical Hernia Repair?

    An umbilical hernia repair surgery typically involves your surgeon making a small incision at the base of the belly button and pushing the fatty tissue or bulge back into its proper place. Traditional hernia repair uses surgical mesh to strengthen the weakened spot in the abdominal wall as well as sutures. However, mesh is a foreign body with a long history of defects. This puts patients at high risk of hernia recurrence and other complications.

    What Is the Tomas Technique for Umbilical Hernia Repair Without Mesh?

    The “Tomas Technique” method allows Dr. Tomas to repair your umbilical hernia without mesh and its associated risks.

    The “Tomas technique” uses a three-layer closure to create a strong alternative to surgical mesh. This more natural umbilical hernia repair technique closes the hole in the abdominal wall, allowing the tissue above and below this weakened area to be strengthened. Dr. Tomas uses the “TomasPatent” technique, which includes several rows of non-absorbable sutures to strengthen the umbilical defect as well as the native tissue above and below the defect. Please click on “Tomas Technique” to see our newly obtained patent.

    In rare cases, much larger, cantaloupe-sized hernias may require a biological mesh under the weakened abdominal wall. However, over 90% of the umbilical hernia repairs we perform at our Florida practice are completely free of mesh.


    How Does It Work?

    The Tomas procedure uses your own tissue by bringing together the rectus muscles to strengthen the midline. When you have an umbilical hernia, the intestine pushes through the abdominal muscles that are supposed to cover it. Most belly button hernia operations use surgical mesh and sutures to cover this hole and strengthen the weakened abdominal wall.

    During a Triple layered Tomas repair, Dr. Tomas uses your abdominal muscles and sutures to cover and strengthen the defect, adding dynamic protection for the exposed organ.

    What Is the Process of Getting Belly Button Hernia Surgery?

    The team at U First Health  walks you through the umbilical hernia repair process — before, during and after.

    During your free consultation with Dr. Tomas, he will discuss whether you’re a good candidate for this surgical technique. Our team can also walk you through the cost and help you find accommodations in Fort Myers if you are coming from out of town.

    Dr. Tomas performs the actual procedure under local with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your health profile and individual preferences. A few days after your umbilical hernia repair, Dr. Robert Tomas  will check the incision site and monitor your progress. Out-of-town patients are welcome to return home following this checkup. You should be able to go back to a desk job in a week after your procedure.

    We are the best kept secret in hernia surgery. Make your reservation now and get a special internet rate.


    Who We Are

    U First Health & Rejuvenation is also the Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®. Our Florida practice is the only location in the U.S. performing the no-mesh Desarda hernia repair technique. We have served thousands of patients from different states and countries worldwide, delivering incredible outcomes with few risks of postoperative complications.

    What Are the Benefits of No-Mesh Umbilical Hernia Repair Over Other Techniques?

    • No harmful mesh

    • The Tomas patented hernia repair offers the following benefits as an alternative to hernia mesh surgery:
    • Rare use of mesh

    • Plastic surgical mesh can have unpredictable side effects, including pain, infection, rejection, migration and hernia recurrence. In rare cases, we opt for a biological mesh called AlloDerm® that your body will not react to and has an extremely low risk of infection. This biologic mesh is only used in very large hernias where the recurrence may be higher because the fascial tissue is weakened.
    • Moderate tension

    • While there are other mesh-free umbilical hernia repair surgeries, the non-absorbable sutures used can bring together the rectus muscles and strengthen the midline where the defect has developed. The “Tomas Technique” uses non-absorbable sutures to strengthen the native tissue above and below the defect which lowers your recurrence rate as well.
    • Low recurrence rate

    • The “Tomas Technique” dramatically lowers the risk of recurrence. Out of 2,000 umbilical surgeries performed at the Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®, less than 5% of our patients have experienced a recurrence.
    • Flat fee

    • Instead of worrying whether your insurance will cover your no-mesh umbilical hernia repair, we offer flat-rate pricing.

    About Dr. Robert Tomas

    Robert E Tomas, D.O., FACOS, is Board Certified in General Surgery. He performs no mesh inguinal and umbilical hernia surgery using the Desarda Technique for inguinal hernia repairs and his patented no mesh technique for umbilical/ventral hernia repairs. He was recently sponsored by Dr. Mohan Desarda as the Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®. Dr. Tomas has mastered the Desarda technique for inguinal hernia repairs and has performed over 4000 no mesh inguinal hernia surgeries since 2009. Many of his videos can be seen online on YouTube and have been reviewed by Dr. Desarda himself for the accuracy of the technique. Our hernia center receives patients from all over the world for repairs of their inguinal hernias using the Desarda No Mesh Tension Free Repair. Dr. Tomas also performs abdominal cosmetic surgery in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Our board-certified hernia repair specialists, Robert E. Tomas, D.O., FACOS has been recognized by Dr. Mohan Desarda as the only providers of the Desarda method in the country,

    Dr. Tomas has over 10 years of experience performing belly button hernia repairs in Florida. He also has more than two decades of general surgery expertise. Dr. Tomas is proud to bring relief and exceptional care to patients from all over Florida, the United States and abroad.

    Scroll Down to See Umbilical Hernia Repair Before and After Case Studies

    Warning: Graphic Content

    Umbilical Hernia Before
    Umbilical Hernia Before
    Umbilical Hernia Before
    Umbilicus After Repair
    Incision (Cut) Made within the naval
    Umbilical Hernia
    Umbilical hernia with markings of incision for repair.

    Case Study

    56 year old male who complained of a bulge at the level of the umbilicus (navel) and a second bulge above the navel for four years. He wished to have it repaired with no mesh.
    Diagnosis: Ventral Hernia.

    Ventral Hernia Before
    Ventral Hernia After Repair
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