Diastasis is the medical term for separation. Recti refers to the rectus abdominis – the vertical muscles most commonly referred to as the abs. Diastasis recti is the separation of these muscles – an issue common during pregnancy or periods of rapid weight gain. Diastasis recti may produce a bulge or “pooch” in the center of the abdomen. It can also hamper balance and result in lower back pain.
Diastasis recti is difficult to treat. Many of the traditional core strengthening exercises – such as crunches, sit-ups, and planks – can exacerbate the problem and cause additional separation or even hernia. But when nothing is done, both physical and aesthetic problems may also compound. So what is the best option for men and women struggling with this issue?
Tummy tuck surgery is the most effective surgical method for the correction of diastasis recti. With this procedure, board-certified Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata can reattach separated abdominal muscles, restoring strength to the core and reducing pain in the lower back. As an added benefit, reattaching these muscles will eliminate the pooch caused by their separation and can even draw in the waist for more appealing contours.
Tummy tuck surgery is typically included in post-bariatric and mommy makeover procedures because diastasis recti is often an issue after pregnancy or following weight gain. However, the procedure works well as a standalone option as well and may be suggested as such depending on your specific needs.
If you are looking for an effective solution for the restoration of your abdominal core, please contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online or by calling 317-575-9152 to schedule a tummy tuck consultation at our Indianapolis office today.