What are the medical benefits of diastasis recti...
I have had 4 children and my Gp has just told me the treatment for this is purely exercise. No surgical option then I noted it can be addressed with abdominoplasty. What are the medical benefits of treatment and any disadvantages of leaving it
Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your question.
Exercise can help diastasis recti only if it is guided by a physio or PT who is knows about it. Small gaps can be treated with exercise, but larger ones need surgery. It also depends on how long you have had the problem and what was the effect of the 4 pregnancies on it. You will need an US scan to see if you have a hernia. If you need an expert opinion, may I suggest you contact a Plastic Surgeon. You can have a look at the directory on this website to find the right one. Thanks for trusting ASK ASAPS
Good Morning Charlotte
Four children - Well done Mum.
Having babies often separates the two sides of the rectus abdominus (six-pack) muscle. This reduces anterior abdominal strength and basic core strength.
Exercise will help but it wont close the resting gap and the muscle will have still compromised function.
This can lead to a number of problems.
The first is the shape of your tummy. It can be very bulged. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
The second is that your abdominal muscles do not support your lower back as well. Back pain can be the result.
The third is urinary incontinence (stress incontinence).
especially in women who have had vaginal deliveries.
Repair of the separation can improve all these things. It can be done at any time, but waiting at least 6 months (even a year) after your last baby is wise. It lets your tendinous structures re-strengthen from the weakness they develop during pregnancy. Take that time to work towards your best weight.
It is a major operation and you should have it done by a specialist trained Plastic Surgeon.
Contact ASAPS to find a Surgeon in your area.
Best wishes, John