Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles are separated and no longer located next to each other. The most common cause of diastasis is pregnancy, and no amount of exercise can reverse the condition. When diastasis is caused by pregnancy there is a significant change in shape of the abdominal wall, even in extremely thin patients. This leaves the abdomen looking swollen. The condition is quite common, and studies have shown that it occurs in 35-62% of women.
The only way to resolve diastasis is through a surgical re-approximation of the muscles. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery is the ideal procedure because it not only corrects the separated muscles, but also removes the excess skin that is associated with a diastasis. During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Jugenburg connects the left and right side of the abdominal muscles, recreating abdominal tightness. This provides an improved contour of the abdomen, while enhancing self-confidence in women who have experienced diastasis recti.
If you have diastasis caused by pregnancy, you may be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery.
It should be noted that tummy tuck surgery for diastasis repair is not a procedure for the removal of excessive amounts of intra-abdominal fat. It is only done to reconnect the separated sides of the abdomen in order to create a tighter abdominal area.