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Everything You Need to Know About Abdominal Diastasis

Everything You Need to Know About Abdominal Diastasis

Events that result from a transitional  increase in the intra-abdominal pressure such as pregnancy or  obesity can lead to a separation between the rectus abdominal muscles, this bulge along the anterior abdominal wall  is commonly confused with a hernia. Nowadays it can be  improved with the appropriate treatment. Continue reading this article to learn more about this condition!

What is Abdominal Diastasis?

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Bulges over the midline abdominal wall without a hernia are usually a result of thinning and laxity of the linea alba, creating a separation between the rectus muscle referred to as diastasis recti.

Diastasis can appear at the supraumbilical, umbilical, or infraumbilical level, the most common being at the level of the navel, and this often result in the development of an umbilical hernia.

Who is at risk?

It is a common postpartum problem, although, on many occasions, it appears without having been pregnant in the first place. Because it occurs after stretching of the abdominal wall, for example, obesity or by repeated increases in pressure (people who have done a lot of classic sit-ups, constipation problems, etc.).

Example of Abdominal Diastasis

How is it Diagnosed and it’s Symptoms? 

Many patients will have  discomfort at the level of the bulge and have a distorted appearance of their abdomen. The midline bulge is more pronounced with muscle contraction and movement. It can be diagnosed with a physical exam and confirmed with an ultrasound that Dr. Arevalo can do in the office.

What is the Treatment of Abdominal Diastasis?

Nowadays, we can offer minimally invasive surgical treatment consisting of three small incisions used to  correct the muscle separation and return the correct appearance of the abdominal contour without an unpleasant scar.

Surgical treatment to correct Abdominal Diastasis

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