No-Mesh Umbilical Hernia Repair in Fort Myers, FL

Desarda Hernia Center of the United States®

Umbilical Hernias, or Belly Button Hernias- Repaired with No Mesh

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 navel hernia surgery — the Desarda technique.

Since 2009, our resident umbilical hernia surgeon, Dr. Robert Tomas, has performed more than 1,500 umbilical hernia repairs without mesh. Learn how no-mesh navel hernia repair is an excellent alternative to standard hernia surgeries.

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 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 procedure 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.

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

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

The Desarda technique uses your own muscle tissue and 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 repair. Dr. Tomas also uses his own “TomasPatent” technique, which includes several rows of nonabsorbable sutures to strengthen the umbilical defect.

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.

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

Desarda 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.
  • Minimal tension: While there are other mesh-free umbilical hernia repair surgeries, the sutures used can result in tension being placed on the edges of the hernia to close it. The Desarda method uses a muscle graft to act as a natural bridge between the ligament and abdominal muscle. The muscle graft uses your own tissue as a new form of support with little tension.
  • Low recurrence rate: The Desarda technique dramatically lowers the risk of recurrence. Out of 1,500 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.

How Does It Work? 

The Desarda procedure uses your own tissue as a muscle graft to repair umbilical hernias. 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 Desarda repair, Dr. Tomas uses your abdominal muscle and sutures to cover and strengthen the defect, adding dynamic protection for the exposed organ.

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.

About Dr. Robert Tomas

Our board-certified umbilical hernia repair doctor is Robert E. Tomas, D.O., FACOS. Recognized by Dr. Mohan Desarda as the only provider of the Desarda method in the country, Dr. Tomas has over 10 years of experience performing belly button hernia repair 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 Florida, the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Tomas photo

What Is the Process of Getting Belly Button Hernia Surgery? 

The team at U First Health & Rejuvenation 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 or general anesthesia, depending on your health profile and individual preferences. A few days after your umbilical hernia repair, Dr. 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 work a week after your procedure.

U First Hernia Surgery team

Schedule Your Appointment to Learn About No-Mesh Umbilical Hernia Surgery in Florida

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 239-266-2925 for a free consultation. We offer an incredible discount if you schedule your initial appointment online.

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Umbilical Hernia Before

Umbilicus After Repair

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Umbilical Hernia Before

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Umbilicus After Repair

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Umbilical Hernia Before

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Umbilicus After Repair

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Umbilical hernia with markings of incision for repair.

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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