No-Mesh Inguinal Hernia Repair in Fort Myers, Florida
Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®
If you are struggling with the pain and discomfort of a groin hernia, it’s time to learn about the best-kept secret in hernia surgery — the Desarda technique. Dr. Robert Tomas of U First Health & Rejuvenation and the Desarda Hernia Center of the United States® is an expert in this cutting-edge procedure. From our Florida practice, Dr. Tomas has performed more than 3,500 small and large inguinal hernia surgeries using the Desarda method.
What Are Inguinal Hernias?
Inguinal hernias are a common type of adult hernia and occur more in men than in women. An inguinal hernia can develop when parts of the abdomen, such as the intestine, protrude through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. This bulge usually creates pain, especially when you bend over, lift heavy objects or cough.
Inguinal hernias are located in the lower abdomen near the pubic area just above the crease of your leg. A direct inguinal hernia protrudes forward when you stand. Indirect hernias, on the other hand, often take a more sloping route toward the scrotum.
Causes of Inguinal Hernias
The weakened abdominal lining that leads to inguinal or femoral hernias often occurs at birth. The inguinal canal is where a male’s testicles descend before birth. If this part of the abdominal wall doesn’t seal properly, it can leave a natural defect called the internal inguinal ring.
Other causes of inguinal hernias include:
Strenuous physical activity.
Coughing due to smoking.
Straining during bowel movements or urination.
Chronic coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms of Inguinal Hernias
The most common symptoms of an inguinal hernia include:
- Pain or discomfort in your groin that usually worsens when you bend over, cough or lift anything.
- Weakness or pressure in your groin.
- Dragging or a heavy feeling in your groin.
- A bulge on either side of your pubic bone.
- Burning or aching at the bulge.
- Pain or swelling around the testicles.
What Is Inguinal Hernia Repair?
While an inguinal hernia isn’t necessarily dangerous, it will not improve without treatment. It can also lead to severe complications. Groin hernia repair is a commonly performed surgery — thanks to the no-mesh Desarda technique, these groin hernia surgeries are safer than ever.
Traditionally, surgical mesh is used after the hernia is pushed back in place to provide extra support to the weakened abdominal muscles. However, mesh is a foreign body and has a long history of defects and recalls that put patients at risk. It can also shrink over time, leaving you unprotected and often leading to a hernia recurrence.
What Is the Desarda Technique for Inguinal Hernia Repair?
Dr. Tomas can repair your hernia without mesh using the Desarda technique. A Desarda repair uses your own muscle tissue and two rows of absorbable sutures as strong and natural replacements for mesh. Incorporating the muscle strip into the hernia repair will not result in muscle weakness or deformity.
What Are the Benefits of No-Mesh and Tension-Free Inguinal Hernia Repair?
The Desarda technique for hernia repair provides many benefits over other hernia repair procedures:
- No mesh-related risks: Even though surgical mesh is supposed to be safe, it can have unpredictable effects. This includes pain, rejection, hernia recurrence, infection, migration and even testicular damage. The Desarda procedure uses your own muscle for the repair to support the inguinal floor, reducing and often eliminating these risks.
- Low tension: While there are other mesh-free hernia techniques, these involve pulling on the edges of the hernia to close it, causing tension. The Desarda technique avoids this by using a muscle graft as a bridge between the ligament and oblique muscle. This new support uses your own tissue and doesn’t rely on tension.
- Low risk of recurrence: Dr. Tomas has performed more than 3,500 no-mesh inguinal hernia surgeries with less than a 1% risk of recurrence.
- Absorbable sutures: Traditional femora hernia repair relies on stainless steel sutures. Instead of using devices that remain in your body, Dr. Tomas employs absorbable sutures that dissolve with time.
- Flat rate: No need to worry about copays or whether your insurance covers this procedure. We offer our inguinal hernia repairs without mesh for a flat fee.
How Does It Work?
Whether you require direct or indirect inguinal hernia repair, Dr. Tomas uses a muscle graft. When you have an inguinal hernia, soft tissue — often the intestine or stomach — pushes the muscle that covers it. The Desarda repair technique uses a portion of the aponeurosis of the external oblique to cover this hole. Healthy oblique muscles provide support for the repaired hernia and also protect and cover the exposed organ.
Dr. Robert Tomas is the only surgeon in the United States trained to perform the Desarda No-Mesh Hernia Technique.
Dr. Mohan Desarda observed the hernia repairs of several patients who were operated on by Dr. Robert Tomas.
Who We Are
U First Health & Rejuvenation is also the Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®. Our Florida practice has served more than 3,500 patients from across the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Robert Tomas and our team specialize in inguinal hernia surgery procedures in Florida, delivering outstanding results with a low risk of postoperative complications and recurrence.
About Dr. Robert Tomas
Robert E. Tomas, D.O., FACOS, is recognized by Dr. Mohan Desarda as the only provider of Desarda hernia repair in the United States. Dr. Tomas is board certified in general surgery and has more than 20 years of experience. For over a decade now, he has performed inguinal surgery repairs in Florida, providing thousands of patients with exceptional results and life-changing relief.
What Is the Process of Getting Inguinal Hernia Surgery?
Before your Desarda procedure, our Florida team will ensure you understand what you can expect as one of our hernia repair patients. We can arrange your free consultation with Dr. Tomas in person or over the phone. We also use preoperative bloodwork and an EKG to ensure you’re eligible for surgery.
Dr. Tomas and his team will perform your Desarda hernia repair under local or general anesthesia, depending on your preferences and health profile.
Our team will then guide you regarding all aftercare instructions to ensure you enjoy a rapid and safe recovery. A few days after your surgery, Dr. Tomas will check your incision and monitor your healing. Out-of-town patients can return home after this appointment. Most patients go back to work one week after their procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment to Learn About Discounted Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery in Florida
If you are researching no-mesh procedures for groin or inguinal hernias, you’ve found your answer. A trip to our practice in Fort Myers, Florida, can save you from the risks of placing mesh in your groin area. Schedule your free consultation online to learn more about the Desarda technique and save $300. Or, give us a call at 239-266-2925. You can also view our testimonials online.
Scroll Down to See Inguinal Hernia Repair Before and After Case Studies
Warning: Graphic Content
Here you see a hernia protruding from the floor of the inguinal canal. As you can see there is a defect in the floor resulting in a direct hernia.
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.
Illustration Steps of the Desarda Technique
Dr. Mohan Desarda performing Desarda Inguinal Hernia Repair (Video Below)
NO MESH REQUIRED FOR THESE REPAIRS
Case Study #1
72 YM who flew down from New Hampshire with extremely large bilateral inguinal hernias for over 25 years and wished to have them repaired with No Mesh, Desarda Technique. Performed by Dr. Robert Tomas.
Case Study #2
44 YM who presented to the emergency room in excruciating pain and a large inguinal hernia on the right that was extremely large and under pressure. A second incision on the right scrotum was needed in order to reduce the intestines. He wished to have it repaired with No Mesh, Desarda Technique. This surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Tomas as an emergency at Gulf Coast Medical Center.
Case Study #3
73 YM who drove down from Tampa, Florida with extremely large right inguinal hernia,basketball size, and a smaller left inguinal hernia for several years and wished to have them repaired with No Mesh, Desarda Technique. Performed by Dr. Robert Tomas.
Case Study #4
A 64 YM came down from northern Florida with this large hernia that had an obvious large section of his intestine in his scrotum. He did not want mesh at all, so he came to the Desarda Hernia Center, USA® . The surgery was performed under general anesthesia in order to reduce a large section of the small intestine and right colon back into the peritoneal (belly) cavity. It was performed by Robert Tomas, D.O, FACOS in Novemeber, 2015 with no mesh. Even these large hernias can be repaired with the Desarda technique.
Case Study #5 (Large Right Inguinal Hernia)
Case Study #6 (Bilateral Inguinal Hernia, Left greater than Right)
45 year old male complaining of pain for several years after inguinal hernia mesh repair. He was unable to play hockey without pain. Dr. Robert Tomas recommended mesh removal. He was pain free after the surgery. Please note the reconstructed floor of the inguinal canal after mesh removal. Strength of the floor is the patient’s own external oblique muscle strip.
Section of Mesh removed from the floor of the inguinal canal
Reconstructed floor of the inguinal canal without mesh -Desarda Technique.
Performed by Dr. Robert Tomas
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. (Read more testimonials)