Hernia Surgery Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, FL
Desarda Hernia Center of United States®
Dr. Robert Tomas
U First Health & Surgical Center
Board Certified General Surgeon
AAAASF Certified Surgical Center
Fort Myers Florida
There are many different types of hernias. The main types are inguinal hernia (groin), umbilical hernia (belly button hernia) and incisional hernias. A patient will first notice a bulge that can increase in size if it is left untreated. The hernia can sometimes cause pain and possibly involve intestines that can twist inside the hernia sac. If left untreated for a long period of time the intestine can become damaged and require cutting out the damaged bowel. The treatment for this is to repair the defect early before further problems arise. Our repair uses NO MESH and is called the Desarda Tension Free No Mesh Repair. Recurrence is less than 1% with this technique.
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Dr. Desarda visiting the Desarda Hernia Center® in June, 2013
Dr. Tomas is the only US surgeon trained to perform the Desarda technique.
Dr. Desarda observed the repair of several patients operated by Dr. Tomas
No Mesh Tension Free Inguinal Hernia Repair
Now you can get your hernia repair without mesh and it is as strong as a repair as if you had mesh. This is a new technique that incorporates your own body wall (fascia) into the repair with two layers of support.
No Mesh Hernia Repair (Desarda Technique) with Local and IV Sedation
Here you see a hernia protruding from the floor of the inguinal canal
The first row of sutures is used to cover the defective floor of the inguinal canal and as you can see the hernia sac is no longer visible.
Then, to reinforce the floor, a second row of sutures is used with the adjacent muscle belly of the inguinal canal. This reconstruction of the floor provides strong support.
NO MESH REQUIRED FOR THIS REPAIR.
Video Testimonial of Three Patients Throughout the United States
A Recent testimonial from a patient from Tampa, FL that came down for a No Mesh Tension Free Inguinal Hernia Repair (Desarda Technique):
K. Morin wrote:
When I was first diagnosed with a hernia by my urologist and started doing research, I became very disconcerted when it appeared that the main method used consisting of mesh and staples only had a 47% success rate….meaning the surgery has long term failure rate of almost half.
I am very active at 58 as I have an 8 year old son and I coach/play baseball, football and basketball with him, go wave running, snowmobiling….not to mention wrestling and the flying leaps that an 8 year old takes…failing to realize of course that he weighs 64 pounds and his dad is old.
Through continued research, and a stroke of luck, I discovered the Desarda, no mesh, tension free method and Dr. Tomas at Ufirsthealth. I started doing more research and discovered that it had a tremendous success rate so I contacted Ufirsthealth and sent an email under the “Ask the doctor” icon. Within a half hour, Dr. Tomas responded and gave me a number to call him at so he could explain the surgery to me. I called, he answered, and spent about ten minutes on the phone with me explaining the procedure. That was a first.
I drove to Ft Myers and found the entire staff to be “first rate” and when I met Dr. Tomas, his demeanor alone gave me all the comfort and confidence I needed and had the surgery done the next day. About two hours after my arrival, I was on my way home to Tampa, feeling great considering I just had surgery and outside of normal discomfort associated with any type of surgery, I had no issues whatsoever and was back on my treadmill the second day after surgery.
After three weeks, feeling great, almost back to normal activities and I have nothing but accolades regarding the procedure, Dr. Tomas and his first class team of professionals.
Thanks so much.
Dr. Robert Tomas
General Surgery, Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Aesthetics
Dr. Steve Woodring, Anesthesiologist
Kathy Burgess, CRNA - Anesthesia Provider
Marilyn - Surgical Tech
You are in good hands for any surgery at U First Surgery Center
in Ft. Myers, Florida!
Hernia Surgery FAQs
What is the recovery of hernia surgery?
You cannot lift heavy objects (greater than 10 pounds) for 4-6 weeks. You can return to a desk job or any other job that requires no lifting after a week.
When Can I drive?
You can drive one week after surgery if you are off of narcotics and have minimal pain.
I live out of town and was interested in surgery. What is the process of having surgery at your facility?
You will have your consultation on Thursday and then have blood work and EKG after your consultation. You will then have surgery the next day on Friday. We recommend that you stay the night and have someone drive you home in the morning. We have had patients driven home after the surgery if they live 2-3 hours from Fort Myers. They are instructed to walk around at a rest stop half way home to encourage circulation to the lower extremities.
Will I have general anesthesia or IV sedation for my surgery?
All cases are done with local and IV sedation. No general anesthesia is used.
How will my incision be closed?
All inguinal and umbilical incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures. No staples are used.
How many hernia surgeries does Dr Robert Tomas perform a week?
On average 3-5 hernia surgeries a week.
Is the surgery center credentialed with the state?
Yes our surgery center is certified and has been inspected with the state. We are also certified by the AAAASF.
Who does anesthesia at U First Surgical Center?
A anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist will be providing anesthesia at our center.
What mesh do you use?
I rarely use mesh on inguinal hernia repairs now. Approximately 98% are done with no mesh tension free repair (Desarda Technique). If we do use mesh it is the PHS mesh by ethicon for inguinal hernia repairs and Timesh for umbilical hernia repairs.
Desarda - No Mesh Tension Free Hernia Repair Questions
1) What are the risks and consequences of cutting or entrapping nerves given that this is an open procedure? There is a very slim chance (1%) of this occurring because I identify the ilioinguinal nerve and isolate it once I get into the canal on all surgeries. Therefore, damage to these nerves is very rare.
2) I have read that others (including Desarda himself) are using dissolvable sutures. Any chance of using those with me? I use absorbable sutures on the skin and subcutaneous tissue,. I also use absorbable sutures for re-constructing the floor with the adjacent muscle..
3) What is the likelihood you open me up and end up having to do a mesh repair? I would say on 2% of cases the tissue is so damaged that mesh is the only alternative in order to prevent a high rate of recurrence. This is mainly with very large hernias and patients that are approaching 70 years of age.
4) Can you please confirm how long you have been performing the Desarda, how many per week, how many total, and recurrence/problem rate? I have been performing the Desarda technique for over 4 years, 4-5 hernia surgeries a week and have performed over 800 cases using no mesh tension free repair (Desarda Technique). Recurrence rate is approximately 1% which is very low for hernia surgeries.
An internet rate / discount involves a discount of 30% and drops the rate to $3,299.00 all inclusive price for No Mesh inguinal hernia and umbilical hernia repair. This price covers facility fee, anesthesia fee and surgeon's fee. It also includes blood analysis and an EKG if indicated. One price hernia surgery for your convenience. THE CONSULTATION IS FREE and no deposit is necessary!
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