No Mesh Ventral and Incisional Hernia Repair in Fort Myers, Florida

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 a ventral / incisional 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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    Hernias are relatively common and easily treatable. However, if you don’t receive the proper care for your hernia, you can develop serious health complications that can impact your body in the long term. With no mesh ventral hernia surgery, you can receive the treatment you need to repair your muscle tissue without the use of foreign bodies.

    You can get the expert care you need to help your body heal at U First Health. We perform our no mesh ventral and incisional hernia repairs using the patented Tomas Technique— a method that isn’t usually employed anywhere else in the United States. Our mission is to deliver the most personalized procedures to help you achieve optimal health.

    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 Ventral Hernias?

    Ventral hernias refer to tissue or intestinal protrusions through the abdominal wall. When the abdominal tissue or intestine pushes through the muscle layer, a perceivable bulge surfaces in the stomach area.

    Causes of Ventral Hernias

    Ventral hernias can result from various risk factors and health circumstances, including:
      • Chronic coughing
      • Obesity
      • Heavy lifting
      • Pregnancy
      • Bowel strain
      • Lung diseases
      • Previous abdominal surgery

    Symptoms of Ventral Hernias

    There are many symptoms that can help you determine whether you have a ventral hernia. You may not initially experience much discomfort in the early stages of the hernia formation, but there are still subtle signs you can look out for:
      • Abdominal lump or bulge
      • Discomfort or pain in the abdomen
      • Pain when lifting heavy objects
      • Trouble urinating or strained bowel movements
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Rapid heart rate

    What Are Incisional Hernias?

    Like ventral hernias, incisional hernias are also intestinal protrusions in the abdomen wall. However, incisional hernias occur as the result of an abdominal operation involving an incision that gets weakened. A protrusion can result from this area of weakness.

    Causes of Incisional Hernias

    These abdominal protrusions often arise three to six months following incisional surgeries due to several driving factors:
      • Excessive or premature physical activity
      • Significant weight gain
      • Pregnancy
      • Increased abdominal pressure

    Symptoms of Incisional Hernias

    There are numerous warning signs that indicate an incisional hernia — many of which are similar to those of ventral hernias. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms following surgery, you may have an incisional hernia:
      • Constipation, diarrhea or thin stool
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Rapid heartbeat
      • Abdominal discomfort or pain
      • Abdominal bulging

    About No Mesh Ventral or Incisional Hernia Repair

    No mesh hernia repair is a surgical technique used to correct ventral and incisional hernias without the use of mesh. Mesh is made from foreign bodies like animal tissue and synthetic materials like polyester and polypropylene, both of which can result in infection and internal damage. However, the Tomas Technique eliminates the use of mesh, minimizing the risk of complications.

    What Is the Tomas Technique?

    The patented Tomas technique involves closing the defect or hole in the abdominal wall using three different forms of suturing. The suture that is used in the technique is non-absorbable suture that stays with you for life. The Tomas technique reduces the health risks associated with mesh while providing excellent clinical and economic benefits under local or general anesthesia.
    Benefits of the Tomas Technique

    The Tomas technique allows patients to experience the many advantages of incisional and ventral no mesh hernia surgeries. This method utilizes your body’s natural tissues and eliminates the risk of chronic pain, infection, migration and other internal damages that often come with mesh surgeries.

    How Does It Work?

    Following the patented Tomas technique, the doctor begins by closing the defect in the abdominal wall, fascia. This defect in the abdominal wall is closed with a non-absorbable running suture technique. He then will repair the hernia further with two different suture techniques. This repair will extend 2-3 inches above and below the primary defect (hernia). This is a tension repair and involves non-absorbable sutures, but no mesh. There is a 4% recurrence rate with this repair. 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 for Getting Surgery?

    Your surgical process at U First Health & Rejuvenation will involve three main steps.

    Pre-Operative Consultation

    You will turn in paperwork, discuss your medical history with an assistant and eventually meet with Dr. Tomas for a preliminary examination. He will recommend procedures based on your needs and answer any questions you may have. Next, you will pay for the operation before having your labs drawn or receiving an EKG.

    Surgery Day

    On the day of your surgery, you’ll go through the check-in process before receiving your IV. You’ll be able to discuss the details of your procedure with Dr. Tomas and your anesthesiologist before the surgery begins. After the operation, a recovery nurse will go over post-operative instructions and provide you with your medications before discharging you and wheeling you to your vehicle.

    Post-Operative Instructions

    After the operation, be sure to ice your wound for 20 minutes every two hours over the first 48 hours before showering. You can replace your lidocaine patches after the first 24 hours, but be sure to replace the large bandage after application. You can remove the large bandage after 48 hours, but do not remove the small white Steri-Strips that sit over your incision until ten days after your surgery.

    Be sure to walk for 15 minutes every couple of hours and hold your incision area when coughing, sneezing or laughing. You’ll need to wear your abdominal binder for 24 hours a day during the first month for umbilical/ventral and incisional hernia repairs.

    If you experience drainage or a temperature of over 100.5 degrees, please contact us immediately.

    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.

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


    Who We Are

    At U First Health, we are the experts in no mesh hernia surgery involving the Desarda technique for inguinal hernias/Tomas Technique for umbilical/ventral and incisional hernias. We have performed over 4,000 surgeries using patients’ muscles to reconstruct the navel/abdominal wall and groin areas with exceptionally low recurrence rates. As one of the most accomplished no mesh medical practitioners in the U.S., you can trust us to perform hernia repairs with the utmost care and professionalism.

    Our surgeons, Dr. Robert Tomas is the only surgeon in the country who is personally endorsed by Dr. Desarda as the Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®. Dr. Tomas has performed over 4,000 no mesh hernia surgeries since 2009, using the most precise and accurate surgical techniques. Dr. Tomas received his medical degree from the Nova Southeastern College of the Health Sciences in Florida and is Board-certified by the America College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS).


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

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    Case Study

    Diagnosis: Ventral Hernia.

    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.

    Ventral Hernia Before
    Ventral Hernia After Repair

    Case Study

    Diagnosis: Incisional Hernia.

    37 year old female who complained of a bulge at the level of the umbilicus (navel) after a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. She also had a moderate amount of lower skin laxity. She wished to have her hernia repaired with no mesh and also a “tummy tuck” with the hernia repair.

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