What should I be asking surgeons for correction of diastasis recti and umbilical hernia? What answers do I want to hear? (Photo)
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What should I be asking surgeons for correction of diastasis recti and umbilical hernia? What answers do I want to hear?
Umbilical hernias and diastasis
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There is no specific questions to ask that will help you distinguish between surgeons regarding hernia repair and rectus repair. Most surgeons use a permanent stitch that is used to repair both the hernia and the diastasis.
However, you should ask you surgeon if he uses progressive tension sutures and avoids the use of drains. This is the state of the art of tummy tucks, and repeated data shows that abdominoplasties performed without drains have a lower incidence of seromas, the most common complication of tummy tucks. This is part of what I call a comprehensive abdominoplasty.
Best of luck!
Tummy tuck and umbilical hernia repair
Most patients with umb. hernias and a rectus diastasis have had one or more pregnancies and usually do very well if they're at a healthy and maintainable weight. One consideration for you would be if you have too much stored internal belly fat (visceral fat) that will work against good tightening of your stomach muscles. If so (based on an exam in person) you would be better off losing some of that weight before proceeding.
Good luck and enjoy what should be dramatic results.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
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