Diastasis Recti Repair Surgery
The paired muscles in front of your abdomen, commonly referred to as six-pack abs, can become separated during pregnancy. This separation, known as diastasis recti, can happen in women following multiple pregnancies or carrying large babies. Hormones may weaken the abdominal wall, leading to back pain and poor posture. This condition can often be resolved with exercise, but severe cases may require diastasis recti repair surgery.
Diastasis Recti Repair Surgery Process
Diastasis recti repair surgery is typically performed six to nine months after childbirth in order for the body to resolve any physical or hormonal issues. During the surgery, connective tissue is reduced and reinforced while abdominal muscles are properly positioned. The techniques used during the procedure will vary depending on the patient’s needs. The length of the surgery can also vary widely depending on what repairs need to be made.
For the first couple of weeks following surgery, you may have limited mobility. It can take around two months before you can resume normal or strenuous activities. Plan to have assistance for a few weeks following surgery. Swelling and discoloration are common after surgery and can take six months to a year before full recovery is obtained. Body weakness and fatigue can occur for up to two months following diastasis recti repair surgery.
Is Diastasis Recti Repair Right for You?
If you are considering diastasis recti repair surgery, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Jeremy Nikfarjam. Dr. Nikfarjam is a board certified NYC plastic surgeon who has extensive training and experience with this type of procedure. During your consultation, he will perform a comprehensive exam and answer any questions that you may have. Dr. Nikfarjam will be able to help you understand the procedure as well as any associated risks. Restore your core by scheduling a consultation today.