Diastasis Recti Repair Surgery
Diastasis recti is when the abdominal muscles on either side of the navel separate, leaving a gap between the muscles. It is most common in women following pregnancy, although it can also be found in anyone who carries a significant amount of weight in their abdomen (abdominal obesity). The weakened abdominal wall allows internal organs to slide forward, cause back pain and look unappealing. Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery can perform diastasis recti repair surgery and restore the structure of the abdominal wall option.
Misconceptions About Diastasis Recti
Often mistaken for stubborn post-partum fat deposits, it has earned the name “mummy tummy” or “mommy pooch.” It can be severe and make you look pregnant, even if you gave birth months ago and your body has otherwise returned to its pre-pregnancy condition.
While exercising is important to a healthy lifestyle, diastasis recti repair is not as simple as exercise or physiotherapy. Properly supervised physio can strengthen the undamaged muscles, but it cannot put the separated muscles back together. Full diastasis recti repair requires surgical intervention. If the problem is not addressed, it can lead to postural problems, allow hernias to develop and affect your pelvic floor muscles.
Diastasis Recti Repair Specialist
Dr. Azouz of Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery can resolve diastasis recti with surgical techniques to reposition and reinforce the muscles of the abdominal wall. This eliminates the muscle gap and restores the abdominal appearance. The extent of repair will vary from patient to patient and will be explained to you in your unique treatment plan. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore your options for achieving both functional repair and your aesthetic goals.
Diastasis recti repair surgery is not performed until your body is six to nine months post-childbirth. This ensures complete physical healing and hormone stability, important factors in a successful surgical repair and recovery. This surgery will limit the amount of strenuous activity you can do for several months, which can affect the timing of surgery if you have small children. Book a consultation today with Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery to discuss the best time to restore your figure with diastasis recti repair surgery.