Do I have diastasis recti? (Photo)
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Full tummy tuck with muscle reconstruction
Diastasis Recti or Separation of the Abdominal Muscles
You may have rectus diastasis. Given that you are thin, it would likely be easy for a plastic surgeon to determine if you do have this issue during a physical exam. Patients with rectus diastasis often note a ridge or a bulge during attempts to do sit ups. Rectus diastasis is common in newborns and in pregnant or previously pregnant women. Your previous hernia history could potentially explain your case. There are some exercises that can help strengthen your core, but surgical correction is also a potential option for patients with diagnosed rectus abdominis muscle diastasis.
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Without an actual physical exam, it is difficult to tell if you have a true diastasis of the muscles, or just a lax abdominal wall. I recommend consulting with a plastic surgeon who will evaluate you, and discuss possible options to correct this.
Dr. Dan Krochmal
MAE Plastic Surgery
Do I have a diastasis recti?
Do I have diastasis recti?
Kenneth Hughes, MDLos Angeles, CA
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