Rectus Diastasis Repair
Rectus Diastasis Repair is Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Chandler & Gilbert, AZ
Symptoms of Diastasis Recti
Rectus diastasis means that your abdomen tends to stick out because the space between your right and left abdominal muscles has widened. It is not uncommon for this condition to be referred to as a ‘pooch’.
Pregnant women are most affected, with more than half having this condition. This is because pregnancy puts so much pressure on the belly. The risk of getting rectus diastasis increases with a woman’s age, and the number of children.
Although not as likely, newborn babies can have their belly spread. This however goes away on its own. Men may have recti diastasis as a result of sticking to the wrong diet, doing weightlifting and sit-ups the wrong way, or due to other causes.
The most common symptom of rectus diastasis is a bulge or pooch in the patient’s abdomen, which may appear profound when they strain or contract their abdominal muscles. Other symptoms may include:
- Poor posture
- Lower back pain
- Difficulty performing routine tasks
- Difficulty lifting objects
- Weak abdominal muscles
During your initial consultation visit with Dr. LaBarbera, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and conduct a physical examination to determine whether or not you have rectus diastasis. Imaging tests such as ultrasound or CT scan may be used to help with the diagnosis.
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How to Repair Rectus Diastasis
Since diastasis recti is not a true hernia and poses no health risks, most doctors recommend that you try to resolve it using noninvasive techniques. When discussing treatment options for this condition, Dr. LaBarbera will usually float the following options:
Some exercises can help strengthen your abdominal muscles and alleviate the symptoms of recti diastasis. Many specialists recommend performing deep belly exercises that are done with a neutral spine. That means you need to lie down with your knees up. The goal is to stimulate the use and control of your transverse abdominis. Some pelvic floor workouts such as Pelvic tilts and Kegel’s can also help. You may also be asked to entirely AVOID some types of abdominal exercises such as belly twists, common yoga poses, backward bends, heavy lifting workouts, and exercises that require the use of knees or hands without abdominal strength or support. Keep in mind that performing the RIGHT exercise in the right way is critical in order to prevent injury. You may need to work with a physical therapist who can help you get it right.
Tummy Tuck With Rectus Diastasis Repair
Surgery is not usually Dr. LaBarbera’s first choice for correcting any problem. But for many people, exercises are simply not enough for strengthening the abdominal muscles and alleviating the symptoms. In this case, the surgeon will recommend a ‘tummy tuck’ or ‘abdominoplasty’ that is specifically designed for diastasis recti repair. During the surgery, the surgeon’s focus will be on bringing the separated muscles back together. It may not be necessary to get rid of excess fat and skin – as is the case with a complete tummy tuck. In cases where patients also have umbilical hernia caused by severe diastasis recti, this will also need to be addressed during the surgery. Dr. LaBarbera typically uses general anesthesia for this treatment. Incisions may be placed around the belly button and then used to stitch back the widened out abdominal muscles using non-dissolvable sutures. Once the procedure is complete, the belly button is reattached and abdominal skin pulled back. The surgeon uses advanced surgical methods to ensure an excellent outcome while also minimizing scarring.
Talking to Dr. LaBarbera is the best first step to determine the best treatment for rectus diastasis repair. The surgeon understands that the needs of different patients are unique and will thus recommend the remedy that is best suited to your requirements.
Recovery After Diastasis Recti Repair Surgery
While the tummy tuck surgery to repair rectus diastasis only takes 2-4 hours, you will need to set some time aside for recovery. Drains will be inserted that need to remain in place for about two weeks. Most patients experience swelling for up to 6 weeks following this procedure. A compression garment will be wrapped around the treatment areas throughout this period. You will be asked to take care of your wounds and avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercising. Although you will be able to resume routine activities in about two months, it may take up to a year before you can fully recover from rectus diastasis surgery.
Planning your Rectus Diastasis Repair in Phoenix
The cost of diastasis recti repair surgery will vary from one patient to the other. Most health insurers consider this procedure to be an elective ‘cosmetic’ treatment and thus will not always cover it. During your initial consultation visit at Dr. LaBarbera’s Gilbert AZ office, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate based on an individualized treatment plan.
2 – 4 Hours
Up to 6 Weeks
Rectus Diastasis Repair FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Does exercise help with diastasis?
Can a tummy tuck repair rectus diastasis?
When should I have rectus diastasis repair after childbearing?
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