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Ihad umbilical hernia surgery last year. a few months ago swelling has appeared above navel. doc said it was lack of muscle tone. still concefned?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
Need Hernia Check: It sounds like your doctor is describing diastasis rectii, a common condition where the normally-fused rectus ("6-pack") muscles separate; this may look like a hernia but is cosmetic only. Alternatively, you may have developed a recurrent hernia. I suggest you return to see your hernia surgeon or seek out a second opinion--this is easily resolved by a careful hernia exam. Good luck!
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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Diastasis: Sounds like it could be diastasis recti. This is when the connection between the rectus muscles (six pack) thins and spreads out. This looks like a long bulge in the middle between the umbilicus and breast bone only when you are doing a sit up, or participating in a limbo contest. It's not dangerous, & rarely if ever causes symptoms. Could also be a recurrent hernia - see your surgeon to find out.
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Last updated Mar 13, 2019


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