What is diastasis recti surgery?
The beauty of pregnancy is undeniable, but the physical changes that come with it can be challenging to manage. From excess skin to bulging bellies to stretch marks, the cosmetic effects of pregnancy can be hard to cope with.
One condition that is often not discussed, but is prevalent post-pregnancy, is diastasis recti – the separation of the abdominal muscle, also known as the 6-pack muscle.
If you are a new mum struggling to regain your pre-bulge tummy, diastasis surgery may be the answer.
Mr Ridha, lead HR Plastic Surgery, is an award-winning cosmetic surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience in diastasis recti surgery. London and Hertfordshire residents can contact us for more information.
Diastasis recti surgery is a ‘muscle repair’ surgical procedure to repair the separation of the rectus abdominis (“six-pack”) muscles. The procedure involves stitching the separated muscles back together, which helps to reduce the appearance of a “pooch” or bulge in the abdomen. It can also help to improve core strength and posture.
Separated abdominal muscles is a common condition that occurs when the abdominal muscles separate along the midline of the abdomen.
This is typically caused by pregnancy, excessive abdominal pressure, or certain medical conditions. It can also be caused by weight lifting, incorrect posture, or rapid weight gain.
Diastasis recti surgery helps repair the abdominal wall separation, usually caused by pregnancy. Weight gain or incorrect posture.
Who is a good candidate for
diastasis recti surgery?
A good candidate for diastasis recti surgery, also known as divarication repair, is someone who has developed an abdominal bulge that is not improving despite diet and exercise or has a bulge despite having a slim frame. The bulge is often associated with symptoms of core muscle weakness such as lower back pain or difficulty with getting up or lifting.
Benefits of diastasis recti surgery
There are several benefits to having this procedure done which include:
Risks of diastasis
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks that your surgeon will discuss prior to your surgery. These include:
- Persistent muscle weakness
- Inability to repair the separation completely
- Poor healing or delayed healing
Diastasis recti surgery can help improve posture,
abdominal strength and core stability.
How is diastasis recti repair performed
This condition is usually associated with excess loose abdominal skin and therefore is often combined with an abdominoplasty.
A standard abdominoplasty approach provides exposure to the abdominal wall muscles. The separated rectus abdominus muscles are brought together and the gap is tightened using sutures. The excess skin is then removed and the abdominoplasty procedure is completed.
In rare instances when there is no excess loose abdominal skin, the separated muscles can be brought together laparoscopically. Through a few small incisions, a laparoscope (a long, thin tube with a light and camera) allows the surgeon to view the abdominal wall and repair the divarication.
After the surgery is completed, an abdominal support garment must be worn for six to eight weeks, during which any strenuous exercise or lifting is avoided to allow the area to heal and stabilise.
The cost of this type of surgery will largely depend on the surgical options recommended for your individual requirements.
We recommend that you book an initial consultation with Mr Ridha and following his assessment and discussion of your desired outcome, an accurate cost can be provided.
Restore your separated abdominal muscles and
core strength with diastasis recti surgery.
How we can help
HR Plastic Surgery is the best choice for your diastasis recti surgery because he is one of the leading surgeons in his field. He has extensive experience and training in diastasis recti surgery, having performed over 200 of these procedures.
He is known for his excellent patient care and attention to detail. Highly skilled and knowledgeable with the latest technology and techniques, which helps ensure the best possible outcome for his patients.
In addition, he is a board-certified plastic surgeon and uses advanced surgical techniques to minimise scarring and optimise results. Passionate about helping people achieve the best possible outcome, he takes the time to thoroughly explain the procedure and answer any questions or concerns his patients may have.
Meet Mr Ridha
Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon
Mr Hyder Ridha is a highly qualified Consultant, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, having earned a distinction in his MB BS degree from the Royal Free and University College London Medical School in 2003, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology with First-class Honours.
We are conveniently located in four hospitals throughout Hertfordshire near London. Find us here:
Hatfield Business Park,
Hatfield AL10 9UA
One Medical House,
Hemel Hempstead HP2 7YU
Hitchin SG4 9QZ
Harpenden AL5 4BP
Below you can find the questions we get most frequently asked about diastasis recti surgery:
Divarication repair is not routinely available on the NHS.
Once repaired and given the appropriate healing time, the divarication repair should be permanent.
However, if the underlying cause of the diastasis recti is not addressed (such as excessive abdominal pressure or weak core muscles) or these factors recur then the separation may redevelop.
Yes, if the procedure is performed in combination with an abdominoplasty.
No. A mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) are procedures that are performed to remove the excess skin and fat in the abdomen. A divarication repair is a procedure performed to realign the separated rectus abdominus muscles. The procedures can, however, be performed simultaneously.
This information is not intended be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.