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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. ...Read more

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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


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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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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Male, BMI: 22. I gained 25 pounds during a period of 3 months. I'm now down to original weight, but I have a bulge in lower abdomen? Diastasis recti?

Male, BMI: 22. I gained 25 pounds during a period of 3 months. I'm now down to original weight, but I have a bulge in lower abdomen? Diastasis recti?

Less likely: Risk is low. Need an examination to determine separation of right and left linear alba. This could only occur in non pregnant and pediatric patient only with extreme exercise ...Read more

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