I'm 57, female. I've had a protruding stomach with pain for years, even after weight loss. Could it be diastatis recti? (Photo)
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Could it be diastasis recti?
Congratulations on your weight loss. If you have a Diastasis Recti which is common after childbirth, exercise will not bring the muscles together again and only surgery to correct this will work. Exercise in order to reduce as much excess fat as possible before Tummy Tuck is recommended. I advise you to meet with a board certified Plastic Surgeon who will assess you and provide surgical options to assist you with your transformation.
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Would a tummy tuck help my abdominal pain that I have had for years?
If you can be reassured that there is no physiologic or medical reason for the soreness, you certainly appear to be a good patient for a tummytuck
good luck to you.
Frank Rieger M.D. Tampa Plastic Surgeon
Generally speaking, combination surgical procedures are done routinely. However, you are wise in being concerned about the safet
You will likely be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery at some point; definitive advice however would necessitate much more information. Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.
Again, when the time is right, seek consultation with well experienced board certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you would be pleased with. It will be important to educate yourself about the potential risks/complications associated with surgery and have a good idea of realistic expectations. Keep in mind, that it is a major operation, associated with a significant physical (and often emotional) recovery period. Having enough help/support at home for yourself and any dependents will be important part of the planning process. I hope this, and the attached link, helps. Best wishes.
Protruding stomach with pain for years, even after weight loss. Could it be diastatis recti?
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
I'm 57, female. I've had a protruding stomach with pain for years, even after weight loss. Could it be diastatis recti?
I recommend you to see a board certified plastic surgeon for examination and recommendations. A good exam will tell if it is a diastasis issue.
Exercising will not help a diastasis problem and may even make it difficult to exercise. This is a common complaint with women I've seen with a diastasis.
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