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Can diastasis recti cause problems?

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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. William Harris
You know those pictures of "6-pack abs"? Diastasis recti is a very wide stretching of the central connecting tissue between the left and right muscle bundles -- this can be 5-6 inches wide in a hugely obese man! You can imagine that if there if no supporting muscle there, the simple act of sitting up from a lying-down position may put enough pressure on abdominal contents to make this weak abdominal wall tissue to bulge out a surprising amount. This is not a hernia -- just a protuberance of excess tissue into a stretched-out abdominal wall structure.
Dr. Donald Kress
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Other than the unattractive appearance of the abdomen, diastasis weakens the abdomen and causes problems with some exercises.
On a long term basis there is some reason to think that it may lead to back problems since the rectus muscles are the natural balance to the paraspinal muscles of the back.

In brief: Yes

Other than the unattractive appearance of the abdomen, diastasis weakens the abdomen and causes problems with some exercises.
On a long term basis there is some reason to think that it may lead to back problems since the rectus muscles are the natural balance to the paraspinal muscles of the back.
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually not

Diastasis recti is lateral separation of the rectus muscles that run vertically on either side of the midline of the abdomen, usually caused by pregnancy.
It generally is only of cosmetic significance, causing laxity of the abdominal wall that cannot be improved with exercise. It is the reason that most abdominoplasties are performed.

In brief: Usually not

Diastasis recti is lateral separation of the rectus muscles that run vertically on either side of the midline of the abdomen, usually caused by pregnancy.
It generally is only of cosmetic significance, causing laxity of the abdominal wall that cannot be improved with exercise. It is the reason that most abdominoplasties are performed.
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