Diastasis Recti Repair Surgery
The rectus abdominis are the abdominal muscles that create the “six pack” of a toned, fit stomach. The muscles meet in the middle of the stomach, with a line extending vertically from the ribcage down to the pelvic area. When this center connective tissue and fascia is stretched or torn, it causes a separation of the right and left abdominal muscles, a condition called diastasis recti, common after pregnancy. Dr. Aviva Preminger is an abdominoplasty and abdominal muscle repair specialist, offering diastasis recti repair surgery through her practice in NYC.
Diastasis recti occurs when the connection between the left and right abdominal muscles is torn or stretched. Pregnancy is the most common cause of this abdominal separation, but excessive weight gain, strain and umbilical hernias can contribute to this condition in both men and women. The result is a bulge in the abdomen in the widening space between the two sides of the abdominal muscles. No amount of sit ups or crunches can flatten severe diastasis recti – only surgery can repair and reconnect the muscles.
Abdominal Muscle Repair Plastic Surgery
While a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is often used to tighten abdominal muscles, it also often involves removing fat and tightening loose skin. Diastasis recti repair surgery is used specifically to repair the separation of the rectus abdominis, and it can be paired with an abdominoplasty if liposuction and skin tightening are desired. The extent of repair depends how large the separation is between the two sides. Some patients only have separation above or below the naval, while others have complete separation.
Dr. Preminger is a diastasis recti repair specialist that can suture the fascia and muscles together to flatten the stomach and eliminate the abdomen bulge. Not only does this provide aesthetic benefits, but some patients may also have improved core muscles that can reduce hip or back pain or increase pelvic floor stability.
If you have diastasis recti that is causing discomfort, incontinence or aesthetic concerns, repair plastic surgery may be the solution. To learn more about diastasis recti repair surgery and if you are a good candidate, call the office of Dr. Aviva Preminger in NYC to schedule a consultation.