Should umbilical hernia & diastasis recti repair be done at the same time if I might have another child? (Photos)
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Fixing an umbillical hernia and diastasis
Thank you for your question. Since you are planning on getting pregnant again I don't think that it would be wise to have the diastasis repaired before then. It makes sense to have a general surgeon repair your umbilical hernia but it would make sense to inform him or her that you are planning on an additional pregnancy and after that an abdominoplasty, which will include repair of your diastasis. The incision for the hernia repair should be fairly small, and although it doesn't look like you have a lot of excess abdominal skin now, the scar might be removed as part of an eventual tummy tuck. Your general surgeon might even have a relationship with a board certified plastic surgeon that could be recommended to you so that all of your care over the next few years might be coordinated.
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Umbilical hernia and diastasis repair.
Most surgeons will recommend waiting to have your diastasis repaired until you are sure you are done having children. No use going through that procedure if a pregnancy is likely to undo the repair. Your belly button hernia can be repaired at anytime but it might also come back during pregnancy. Those darn children ;)
Should umbilical hernia & diastasis recti repair be done at the same time if I might have another child?
It's reasonable to have your umbilical hernia fixed at any time.
Best to delay abdominal wall repairs until after kids
I don't recommend having umbilical hernias repaired until after you're done with all pregnancies. Otherwise, there is a small risk that it may recur or cause pain during your pregnancy. The only exception is if you have a lot of pain from the hernia.
Besides, the best repair is one which includes the diastasis repair.
My specialty is hernias, so I'm very particular about timing of them to make sure you have the best outcome