What is diastasis rectus abdominis?

Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

What are the symptoms of diastasis recti abdominus?

A bulge in the middle of your belly is the main symptom of this condition. You may only see the bulge when you tense your belly muscles. Belly pain may also be a symptom. Some people have no symptoms.

How is diastasis recti abdominus treated?

Some people may have surgery to treat this condition. Here are the types of surgery:

  • Open surgery. It uses one or more long cuts (incisions) in your belly.
  • Laparoscopic surgery. It uses very small cuts in your belly. A doctor puts a lighted viewing tool and other surgical tools through the cuts.
  • Robot-assisted surgery. It uses robotic arms and surgical tools. They are controlled by the doctor.
  • A tummy tuck. It's also called an abdominoplasty. This is a type of open surgery. It tightens the belly muscles. And it removes excess fat and skin from your belly.

Before surgery, your doctor may suggest physical therapy. Or your doctor may give you some exercises to do. One exercise that may help is deep core muscles activation. Other exercises include pelvic tilt with heel slide and standing plank on a wall.

You may not need treatment if your symptoms don't bother you.

What is diastasis recti abdominus?

Diastasis recti abdominus (say “dy-AS-tuh-sus REK-ty ab-DOM-uh-nus”) is a condition that happens when the two muscles in the front of your belly (recti muscles) separate. Pregnancy may cause this condition. Being very overweight (obese) also may cause it. Stomach surgery sometimes causes it. Some babies are born with this condition.

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