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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

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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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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If exercise will not correct diastasis recti in men...what exercises can men do to get stronger stomach muscles. That won't make the diastasis worse?

If exercise will not correct diastasis recti in men...what exercises can men do to get stronger stomach muscles. That won't make the diastasis worse?

If the diastasis is-: -something U were born with, U can exercise all U want. I have 1 & do all I want for abdominal muscles. If it's an incisional Dias. U need 2 speak with the surgeon as he/she knows Ur case & can make recommendations. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My wife had surgery 3 months ago for Diastasis recti. The surgeon used a mesh. She's still in pain and has a grapefruit size lump in the area. The sur?

My wife had surgery 3 months ago for Diastasis recti. The surgeon used a mesh. She's still in pain and has a grapefruit size lump in the area. The sur?

Contact surgeon now: You or your wife needs to contact the surgeon immediately as there has been a reaction or infection involving the mesh and needs evaluation. ...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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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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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

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I had a liver transplant almost 3 years ago ended up with a diastasis recti now very painfull what can be done?

I had a liver transplant almost 3 years ago ended up with a diastasis recti now very painfull what can be done?

Symptom control: First and foremost would be a surgical evaluation for possible repair if possible/feasible, pain control with OTC/ prescribed pain meds, using elastic brace/binder as tolerated, laxatives to avoid constipation, avoiding heavy lifting/ straining. ...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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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