Robert E. Tomas, D.O., FACOS
12640 World Plaza Lane, Bldg 71
Fort Myers, FL 33907
About this Expert
I am Dr. Robert E. Tomas, Board Certified in General Surgery. I perform abdominal as well as comprehensive breast surgery in Fort Myers, FL. I am proficient at laparoscopic surgery and also perform endoscopy (colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy).
I received my medical degree at Nova Southeastern College of the Health Sciences in Florida and completed my general surgery residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan as part of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. As part of my training I spent several months at the University of Miami learning new techniques in colorectal surgery.
I am a fellow of the America College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and American Medical Association (AMA). I have served in numerous principal positions and appointments such as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff while at Spohn Hospital of Alice in Texas. I have been in practice for over nine years and am fluent in Spanish and English.
I am also the father of three children, and now combine my medical practice with my wife to offer a combination of our clinical skills and a family environment to our community.
There are many different types of hernias. The main types are inguinal hernia (groin), umbilical hernia (belly button) and incisional herniahernias. 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. This repair usually involves a mesh and this can be done as a laparoscopic verses open technique.
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Umbilical Hernias, or Belly Button Hernias
Umbilical hernias occur near the bellybutton or navel, which has a natural weakness from the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. These hernias may occur in infants at or just after birth and may resolve by three or four years of age. However, the area of weakness can persist throughout life and can occur in men, women, and children at any time. In adults, umbilical hernias will not resolve and may progressively worsen over time. They are sometimes caused by abdominal pressure due to being overweight, excessive coughing, or pregnancy.
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Ventral Hernia, Incisional Hernia
A hernia that appears at the site of a previous surgery is known as a ventral or incisional hernia. These hernias can appear weeks, months, or even years after surgery and can vary in size from small to very large and complex. If you think you have a ventral hernia, it's important to see your doctor because it may widen and become extremely difficult to repair.
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.