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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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I managed to rectify diastasis recti with exercise after my 1st 2 pregnancies but 1 year on after my 3rd i still look 3mths pregnant. What can I do?

I managed to rectify diastasis recti with exercise after my 1st 2 pregnancies but 1 year on after my 3rd i still look 3mths pregnant. What can I do?

Surgery: The only way to correct that is with a very simple surgery that helps to bring the 2 sides of your linea alba together. Very common for some women to have this problem, mostly to do with genetics, not amount of exercise or hard work a woman puts into stomach crunches or exercise. If you need it, you need it. Sometimes that rectus fasica can separate by 5-6". ...Read more

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Is having diastasis recti dangerous?

Is having diastasis recti dangerous?

Not usually...but: Diastasis Recti can cause lower back pain , constipation, and urologic issues. In extreme cases, the tissue may tear, and organs may poke out of the opening resulting in a hernia. ...Read more

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What can I do about a soft belly and diastasis recti?

What can I do about a soft belly and diastasis recti?

Painless diastasis-: -needs no Rx. Core strength can help the belly. I have a diastasis, not from an incision or injury. Just have it. I am 72 & have no problem @ they gym 3 days a wk for core, cardio, & strenght, 1 on 1 with an AT-C who really pushes me . I don't think that U will look like this, but go for it! ...Read more

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I'm a 22 year old man. I noticed to have a small diastasis recti. But I'm wondering if it is a problem to do fitness or power training exercises?

I'm a 22 year old man. I noticed to have a small diastasis recti. But I'm wondering if it is a problem to do fitness or power training exercises?

Depends on kind of: exercises that you do. Repeated crunches and heavy lifting are likely to increase the diastasis, but core training like push ups and planks and overall cardio conditioning should be helpful. Many women get diastasis after pregnancy, and this site may be helpful: https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/12-weeks-of-workouts-to-rebuild-after-diastasis-recti ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 . ...Read more

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Im 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?

Im 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. ...Read more

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What are some abdominal exercises for diastasis recti?

What are some abdominal exercises for diastasis recti?

Less is more: Diastasis rectii is the separation of the normally-fused rectus abdominis ("6-pack") muscles. In my practice, i see this most commonly in women after childbirth or in barrel-chested men who have gained weight. Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical way to re-fuse the muscles; ironically, "core" exercises will only accentuate the split. The best thing to do is to keep your weight down. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Can a diastasis recti cause painful spasms in the upper abdomen?

Not usually: Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal midline is widened between the two bellies of the rectus abdominis muscle. It is not a hernia but often confused with one. It shoudl not cause crampy pain in the upper abdomen, and this could be related to some other condition. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Diastasis Recti (Definition)

Diastasis recti is a disorder that causes the rectus abdominis muscle to be separated instead of meeting together in the midline ...Read more