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How much can I expect to pay for a diastasis recti repair if my insurance is covering my hernia (s) repair?

How much can I expect to pay for a diastasis recti repair if my insurance is covering my hernia (s) repair?

First make sure: You need surgery for diastasis of rectus muscle, fees for procedure and amount insurance company allows is variable from location to location insurance policy to policy. Speak to your family doctor will help you by referring to right surgeon, then find out.

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Howdo I know if I have a diastasis recti or a ventral hernia?

Howdo I know if I have a diastasis recti or a ventral hernia?

Different etiology: Diastsis recti is a spreading of the fascia between the two rectus abdominus muscles in the midline giving an abdominal weakness causing generalized bulging. Ventral hernia is a hernial sac with abdominal contents resulting from an abdominal wall defect causing an isolated discrete mass

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I had a rather large hernia repair with mesh years ago and since then have developed a diastasis recti, will this cause me any problems?

I had a rather large hernia repair with mesh years ago and since then have developed a diastasis recti, will this cause me any problems?

Most do not: But if the issue is where your repair was done, then it may be ventral recurrent hernia and not diastasis. Worth seeing your general surgeon.

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Diastasis recti and hernia surgery - can it be fixed during one surgery?

Diastasis recti and hernia surgery - can it be fixed during one surgery?

Fix the hernia only: Diastasis recti is a thinning of the midline fascia between the "six pack" muscles, which results in a bulge developing in the upper abdomen with contraction of the abdomen. It is not a hernia, is not pathological, and, in my opinion, does not need to be "fixed." unfortunately, you can't exercise this away. Just maintain a healthy weight. Go ahead and get your hernia repaired. Good luck.

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Can a general surgeon correct diastasis recti? Do you think he will also repair a small hernia I have even though it's not bothersome?

Can a general surgeon correct diastasis recti? Do you think he will also repair a small hernia I have even though it's not bothersome?

Possibly: A diastasis, or weakening of the muscle wall midline fascia, is not typically covered by insurance secondary to it being more of a cosmetic issue. A hernia on the other hand can be observed if small and reducible (easily pushed in). Diastasis recti is most commonly corrected in combination with a tummy tuck. A hernia should be repaired if encountered during a diastasis correction.

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Does umbilical hernia repair cause diastasis recti?

Does umbilical hernia repair cause diastasis recti?

No: Diastasis recti is a condition where the rectus muscles gradually separate from the midline while the fascia remains intact. It is not a hernia. Umbilical hernia and diastasis recti can coexist and are not causally related.

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I developed a severe case of diastasis recti with my second pregnancy. Two more big babies and 30 yearslater, I now have a painful hernia. What should I do?

I developed a severe case of diastasis recti with my second pregnancy. Two more big babies and 30 yearslater, I now have a painful hernia. What should I do?

DIASTASIS RECTUS: No surgery needed for this. Plastic surgeons do the surgery (cash) insurance will not cover. High recurrence rate. It is not a hernia, as it was explained to you.

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I'm a 55 yr. Old female with diastasis recti/with hernias, seen a surgeon 3 years ago, says I was too high risk for surgery. What else can I do? Hd/hbp/d2

I'm a 55 yr. Old female with diastasis recti/with hernias, seen a surgeon 3 years ago, says I was too high risk for surgery. What else can I do? Hd/hbp/d2

Options: Since it has been 3 years since your last surgical evaluation, one option is to re-visit with your surgeon to see if things have changed or improved, or get another surgical opinion. Abdominal wall diastasis often does not respond to surgery unless extensive plastic surgery abdominal wall reconstruction and rectus muscle repositioning is used. Laparoscopic hernia surgery can be an option for some.

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What do the following symptoms mean: ventral hernia, a tumor and a rectus diastasis?

What do the following symptoms mean: ventral hernia, a tumor and a rectus diastasis?

Alphabet Soup: Ventral hernia: a bulge in the abdominal wall; most common site is the umbilicus. Diastasis rectii: separation of the normally-fused "6-pack" rectus muscles; it may look like a hernia but the fascia that covers the muscle is intact; tumor: is simply a growth; it can be benign or malignant (cancer). Hope this helps.

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I'm the 55 yr old female with the diastasis, and hernias. These hernias are in my stomach, sorry but not hiatal. That is how I found out about the diasts?

I'm the 55 yr old female with the diastasis, and hernias. These hernias are in my stomach, sorry but not hiatal. That is how I found out about the diasts?

Hernia vs diastasis: The abdominal wall is built like a layer cake, with skin, fat, muscle and a tough lining called fascia. A hernia is a hole or weakness in the muscle and fascia. A diastasis is different. All the layers are ok, but the muscle doesn't come together in the middle. Most people don't need to have a diastasis repaired and they're not dangerous because there's no hole for things to get stuck in.

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Three days ago I had laparoscopic hernia repair with repair to some slight diastasis. My swelling is very uneven on incison side. Lump flat lump is what my stomach looks like.

Three days ago I had laparoscopic hernia repair with repair to some slight diastasis. My swelling is very uneven on incison side. Lump flat lump is what my stomach looks like.

Post Op: You are 3 days post op and the swelling could very well be normal. As long as you are not having a fever, bleeding or the swelling is not worsening I would let things heal. Make sure you recheck with surgeon at your follow up visit.

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What is the definition or description of: diastasis recti?

What is the definition or description of: diastasis recti?

Abdominal separation: Diastasis recti is a disorder that causes the rectus abdominis muscle to be separated instead of meeting together in the midline at the linea alba.

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What some effective treatments for diastasis recti?

What some effective treatments for diastasis recti?

Avoid Beer Belly: Treatment needs to be geared to the cause: if due to weight gain, weight loss is "key"; following pregnancy, a "tummy tuck" (abdominoplasty) can restore the anatomy; if due to heavy lifting, try to avoid that. Most importantly, diastasis is predominantly a cosmetic problem that should not affect function.

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Why does the abdomen feel hard after the repair of diastasis recti with mesh?

Why does the abdomen feel hard after the repair of diastasis recti with mesh?

Tighter: Repair of the diastasis tightens the abdominal wall and would lead to a flatter firmer stomach. Mesh allows for ingrowth of tissue which would give rise to firmer area.

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Why does my abdomen feel hard when standing after repair of diastasis recti with mesh?

Why does my abdomen feel hard when standing after repair of diastasis recti with mesh?

That sounds normal -: To me. The mesh and scar tissue both would cause hardness/tightening of the abdo wall. In my opinion that was the aim of the procedure, to prevent the diastasis from recurring.

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I'm 18 and possibly got a diastasis recti, can it be fixed with out surgery? And what is a cause? And can I still gym with it?

I'm 18 and possibly got a diastasis recti, can it be fixed with out surgery? And what is a cause? And can I still gym with it?

Fixed???: Diastasis Recti is just a descriptive term that can be applied to the configuration of your ab muscles. If they set further apart than "normal"they have diastasis- or a setting apart. If your abdominal wall is firm and there is no abdominal contents trying to push out (hernia) it is fine to leave it alone. Hernias need fixing, any other issue is cosmetic & both would require surgery to correct.

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Can diastasis recti cause problems?

Can diastasis recti cause problems?

Not usually: Almost all women have diastasis recti after pregnancy or changes in weight. It causes a visible bulge in the lower and/or upper abdomen. It usually is asymptomatic otherwise.

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