Laparoscopic Right Inguinal Hernia Repair With Mesh

Extreme pain took me to the emergency room. Dr. Rekkas was called/awakened from a sound sleep and responded, but when he arrived the hernia swelling had gone down and back into place. Dr. Rekkas gave me the option to go home that night, but recommended not prolonging repair surgery due to my age and the hernia being in the same place I had had open hernia surgery 40+ years ago.

I scheduled the surgery for seven weeks later, and Dr. Rekkas did the repair using the laparoscopic method which required making only 3 very small incisions and allowed me to go home the same day. While doing the right inguinal repair with mesh, he also checked on a left inguinal hernia mesh repair that had been done by the open method many years ago… finding all is well. The laparoscopic procedure resulted in much less pain, and I was able to discontinue pain medication the following morning.

The entire experience was handled with the highest level of professionalism and concern by Dr. Rekkas and Sam. Prior to surgery Dr. Rekkas answered all of our questions, and thoroughly explained the procedure and what to expect. I was very pleased with the experience and highly recommend Dr. Rekkas and his staff.


1 week PostOp
1 week PostOp

 Robotic Splenectomy

I would like to thank you Dr Rekkas for the masterful work you (and the robot 🙂 ) performed in removing my enlarged spleen. While initially I was not inclined to have robotic surgery, your consultation changed my mind and I’m glad I did. My recovery was amazingly fast and the scars are negligible. I’m a true believer in technology and an advocate for da Vinci Robotic Surgery.

Thanks again!


1 week PostOp
1 week PostOp
2 months PostOp
months PostOp

Laparoscopic Left Inguinal Hernia Repair

I would sincerely like to Thank Dr. Rekkas and his team for the professionalism that was shown to me for my Hernia repair surgery. From day one to the day of surgery I felt extremely comfortable having the procedure. Dr. Rekkas answered all my questions the day of surgery and I knew I was in very capable hands.

After the surgery the procedure was explained step by step to family in terms that assured me all had gone well. I had very little pain for about 1/2 hr. after surgery and after that no pain whatsoever. No surgery is fun but everyone from Dr. Rekkas’ office to everyone at Manatee Memorial Hospital made it so pleasant. It was as close to fun for a surgery as you can get.

Thank You All for the excellent care that I was given!

Hernia Defect
Placement of Mesh
Closure of Defect
1 month PostOp

Laparoscopic Left Colon Surgery

I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the extraordinary treatment I received while under the care of Dr. Rekkas during my recent surgery and short stay at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. My family and I were very impressed by the level of professionalism and sincere concern for my condition that was exhibited by both
Dr. Rekkas and his staff.

The standard of care I received was exemplary and so appreciated. Prior to my surgery, his concern and approach to the procedure was calming and reassuring; feelings that were verified throughout my preparation, surgery, and recovery.I offer my highest recommendation for Dr. Rekkas. He truly is an example of a compassionate professional who is considerate of his patients’ needs.


Laparoscopic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair with Mesh

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Rekkas and his staff for the care they provided during my recent surgery. The entire experience was handled with the highest level of professionalism and proficiency. Having had experienced a single hernia repair using the “open” method in 2000, I was pleasantly surprised at how much less painful it was to have the bilateral repair performed by Dr. Rekkas using the laparoscopic method. I was able to discontinue pain medication within a couple of days, not to mention only three ¼” incisions as opposed to the 5” long one from the open method.

Dr. Rekkas is an expert at the emotional care of his patients and their families as well. Prior to surgery he answered all of our questions and thoroughly explained the procedure and what to expect. After surgery he visited my wife twice in the waiting room while I was in recovery, reassuring her that all had gone well. His genuine concern was a tremendous help in reducing the anxiety that often accompanies an event of this nature.

I highly recommend Dr. Rekkas. His compassion and expertise are unsurpassed. He is truly an exemplary representative of the medical profession.

Thank you,

1 week Post Op


 Emergent Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal

Occasionally your knight in shining armor will show up wearing a crisp white lab coat. Thank you for rescuing me from so much pain and discomfort. Granted, I did not want to have another surgery, but you quickly gained my trust. I am so thankful that you were on call that day, and that I was placed in your care. I appreciate all that you have done to make me feel better. May the lord help you and others as you help others in need.



Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

Thank you for your support through this entire journey I have gone through. I appreciate everything you all have done for me to get me to where I am now.

Thank you!


Laproscopic Gallbladder Removal and Umbilical Hernia Repair

My sincere thanks to Dr. Rekkas and his staff for the care and professionalism that was extended to me during my surgery and recovery. Dr. Rekkas did a great job. I had a quick recovery and my scars are minimal.

Thank you!

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

I would like to thank you, Dr. Rekkas, for making my weight loss surgery so flawless and easy. Your pre-op and post-op preparations you gave were thorough and helpful in guiding me to a healthier lifestyle. But, most of all, I appreciate your kindness and gentle care you gave me as your patient.


Emergent Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Surgery was so much easier than I expected. I was terrified going in but Dr. Rekkas eased my fears and did a great job!


Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy

If a first surgical procedure can be positive, Dr. Rekkas is doctor. to make it happened. I appreciated his conference in before, during and after my procedure. He was always kind and patient, explaining in answering my questions. I feel so fortunately family doctor recommended Dr. Rekkas. Everyone on his team made my family in the feel confident he was put in the right hands! Thank you Dr. Rekkas for a short and painless recovery, after just one incision!,


Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy 01/2014

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy 01/2014
I am only 1 month post-op and am already down 32 pounds! I feel better than ever and know without a doubt that having the Vertical Sleeve Surgery was the best decision I have ever made. My smile and confidence have returned. Vertical Sleeve surgery was the tool I needed to change my life. Dr. Rekkas and his dedicated staff have given me a second chance to live my life again. I can’t wait to see what the future holds as I continue along this journey.,


Emergent Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Very Satisfied!


Laparoscopic Assisted Right Colectomy

Dr. Rekkas is the most understanding doctor I have ever dealt with. He explained everything in layman’s terms and to the point. Office workers (Sam) are great. They gave me a wellness check call within 24 hours of my release from the hospital. My family and me are very grateful for everything.



Emergent Left Leg Fasciotomy

Friendly, helpful, professional and responsive to patients special needs. We feel that we have received excellent care!


Laparoscopic Assisted Small Bowel Resection

I am very thankful for your skills and talents as a surgeon. God bless you and your work.


Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

I had gastric sleeve surgery Feb 5, 2014. My experience was so surprising. I thought I would hurt and not be able to walk well for a while. Quite the opposite has occurred, I barely felt any pain after surgery and was walking with ease as soon as I got into my personal hospital room. Once home I too felt little pain so little I can almost say I had none. I was walking constantly to ward off blood clots. The first Tuesday after my surgery I walked a mile on the Green Bridge. That is the first mile to many as I start my weight loss adventure. The gastric sleeve is the tool that is going to help me gain my goals.

I want to thank Dr. Rekkas for all their help, professionalism and service.



Laparoscopic Umbilical Hernia Repair with Mesh

Very Satisfied! Minimal pain and minimal scaring. Great Job!


Emergent Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Dr. Rekkas explained everything and a clear concise manner. My son was nervous as his first surgery and Dr. Rekkas’ bedside manner was awesome. Very friendly and easy to talk with about conditions and concerns.


Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Hiatal Hernia Repair

It has been difficult to put into words the gratitude and respect I have for Dr Rekkas.  When you hear the phrase “putting someone up on a pedestal”; to me Dr Rekkas is “three steps higher”.   From my first appointment I knew I was in the right place.  Dr. Rekkas has a professional and caring mannerism attained by no other doctor I’ve ever had.  His medical care and patient compassion are unmatched.  Each presurgery appointment was met with sincere care from you  They are truly dedicated to helping every patient achieve success.   When you call the office you can “hear” the smile at the other end of the phone. SleevePict


Surgery was a blink.  I was in hospital on Monday June 2, shopping on Friday and the drive-in movies on Saturday.  I continually had to remind myself I just had surgery.  It is crucial to “follow the process” and abide by his Manual.  I am doing wonderfully.   Post surgery follow-up is met with cheers of success from Sam and Denise.  Through monthly support groups and group walks we are building new friendships and lifelong support for one another.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Robotic Left Inguinal Hernia repair with Mesh

Very pleased with the quick recovery afforded to me with the utilization of robotic surgery. Dr. Rekkas was very informative and thorough. Staff was very friendly and helpful.


Robotic Single Site Gallbladder Surgery

My entire experience could not have been more perfect!!


Office Visit

Gentle, knowledgeable, compassionate professional that actually listens to your concerns as a patient and walks you through the steps visually and verbally to help you understand exactly what needs to be done to address the problem. His office staff is OUTSTANDING also! This practice is a home run!


Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Dr. Rekkas and his entire staff were so caring and efficient in my journey of bariatric sleeve surgery at the end of March, 2016. They were cooperative and instrumental in my receiving insurance approval for the procedure. Follow-up appointments are very thorough and never rushed. I am so appreciative of Dr. Rekkas and his staff for helping me make a positive life change! My only regret is having to move back up North and not continuing my treatment with this office.


Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Dr. Rekkas and his Staff are wonderful. I went in for a surgical procedure and he found issues and thanks to him I feel amazing. If you ever need a caring and amazing surgeon please go see Dr. Rekkas. He is the best. He even checks on you after your surgery to see if you are doing fine. I don’t know many Doctors who would do that.


Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Dr. Rekkas and his staff are fantastic. They make sure all your questions are answered, and that you are fully prepared and understand the entire procedure. Dr. Rekkas follows up with his patients, and makes you feel at ease, even after your surgery. His staff and office is friendly and efficient, they go above and beyond! Thank you