My stomach muscles split after 5 births. I need to have it repaired, but I am not sure what type of doctor to see first. Should I see my primary care doctor, my ob/gyn, or a specialist?
Type of Doctor I Should Go to for Diastasis Rectus Repair?
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Physician for diastasis repair
Diastasis repair with tummy tuck
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This varies depending on geographic area but in this region, most diastasis repairs are carried out by plastic surgeons. Discuss this with your primary care physician and ask for a referral to a respected surgeon in your area.
Diastasis repair as part of a tummy tuck or with the endoscope
A board certified plasic surgeon would be the right specialist to see for your diastasis recti. This is mostly done as part of a tummy tuck. If not skin excess is present and only the diastasis, an endoscopic procedure could be performed to suture the muscle fascia with a small incision in th pubic area. Best of luck!
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1) Go see a board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will confirm your diastasis.
2) An experienced plastic surgeon is the person to correct your diastasis recti (as part of a tummy tuck).
Type of doctor for diastasis rectus repair
Depends on what you want to have done.
If you want to get the muscles together. period. A general surgeon would do.
If you want to bring the muscles together, remove loose skin, flatten the tummy and narrow the waist, lift the mons pubis and possibly smooth any anterior thigh cellulite -you should see a Board certified Plastic surgeon and have a full or high-lateral tension abdominoplasty.
A Plastic Surgeon Can Repair Diastasis Recti
Repair of separated muscles after childbirth is a routine part of tummy tuck procedures. If you have a true hernia, a plastic surgeon trained in general surgery, or a team approach may be needed.
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