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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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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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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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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