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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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Diastasis Recti (Definition)

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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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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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Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms? SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms? SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

NO: This is a congenital abnormality not related to puborectalis spasm. See neurologist for the latter. You'll be wasting time and money on plastic surgery

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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my diastasis recti cause me intense pain?

Why does my diastasis recti cause me intense pain?

The diastasis means: That the muscles and fascia that hold in Ur abdominal organs has failed & any valsalva maneuver will stress the remaining thin fascia & the peritoneal lining is stretched, & the peritoneum is very sensitive 2 stretch & resultant pressure. Lifting, sneezing, coughing can all cause symptoms. If interfering with Ur ADLS & quality of life, have it repaired.

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Why does my diastasis recti give me such intense pain?

Why does my diastasis recti give me such intense pain?

Because the muscle.: ...has separated leaving only some stretched fascia and the peritoneal lining holding Ur bowl in place. Any valsalva maneuver, in lifting or being upright makes the bowel want 2 leave Ur abdomen & this thin layer is stretched which is painful. U can get it fixed or wear an abdominal binder.

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Is diastasis recti a common injury among athletes and if so will it eventually inhibit there performance and resistance training?

Is diastasis recti a common injury among athletes and if so will it eventually inhibit there performance and resistance training?

No/Unlikely: Normally, the paired rectus abdominus ("6-pack") muscles are fused together in the midline. Separation of these muscles, diastasis, is common w/premature infants & following increased abdominal girth (pregnancy, obesity). This is not typically found in athletes nor should it affect function. This should be distinguished from a hernia, which is an actual hole in the abdominal wall.

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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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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.

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Do sahrmann exercises heal diastasis recti?

Do sahrmann exercises heal diastasis recti?

Partially: Sahrmann exercises can help build abdominal strength (especially in abs below the belly bottom), and have been shown to partially correct the distasis recti that is caused by pregnancy, but they typically do not completely correct it. Women that have significant stretching/separation of the abdominal fascia post pregnancy usu. Require abdominoplasty to completely correct.

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Does diastasis recti cause injury in athletes?

Does diastasis recti cause injury in athletes?

Diastasis recti: It doesn't directly cause injury. It just means separation of the rectus musculature.