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Diastasis Recti Repair NYC

Separation of abdominal muscles due to pregnancy or other causes often leads to a noticeable bulge, lower back pain, and weakness in the core. Diastasis recti surgery is a procedure that aims to address these concerns by bringing the muscles back together to create a tighter and more toned midsection. This treatment improves core function and overall well-being while also improving abdominal contour.

New York board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tomer Avraham is a diastasis recti expert with years of experience helping city residents overcome this issue. The surgeon is known for his personalized approach that assesses each patient individually and explores an appropriate treatment plan to repair the separation of abdominal muscles.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti, which means “separation of the straight muscles,” occurs when the two halves of your rectus abdominis muscles (your “six-pack”) separate along the midline of your abdomen. This separation widens the connective tissue (the linea alba) that naturally holds these muscles together.

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Who is at Risk of Developing Diastasis Recti?

Pregnancy is the most common culprit behind diastasis recti. As your uterus grows to accommodate your baby, it puts significant pressure on your abdominal muscles, causing them to stretch and potentially separate. This is especially true for women carrying multiples, having large babies, or experiencing multiple pregnancies close together.

However, this condition isn’t limited to pregnancy. It may also affect:

What are the Symptoms of Diastasis Recti?

Most of Dr. Avraham’s diastasis recti surgery patients experience the following initial symptoms:

Dr. Tomer Avraham and his team at Avraham Plastic Surgery NYC use a simple physical exam to diagnose diastasis recti. This entails feeling your abdomen while performing a gentle abdominal maneuver to assess the width of the separation. Ultrasound scanning may also be used for confirmation in some cases.

Diastasis Recti vs Belly Fat

Belly fat tends to be softer and more evenly spread across the abdomen. Diastasis recti creates a bulge that feels different. Even when you tighten your abs, the ridge might stay. If you are unsure about the best path forward, schedule a consultation with Dr. Avraham.

Diastasis Recti and Umbilical Hernia

Diastasis recti and umbilical hernias sometimes cause similar symptoms, including a bulge in your abdomen. However, these two conditions are not the same. Diastasis recti is a separation of your abdominal muscles, often caused by pregnancy or heavy lifting. It might cause a bulge, but there’s no internal organ pushing through. An umbilical hernia happens when a part of your intestine pushes through a weak spot in your abdominal wall near your belly button, causing a bulge and sometimes pain.

Diastasis Recti Without Pregnancy

Both men and women who haven’t been pregnant may experience separation of abdominal muscles due to:

How Do You Fix Diastasis Recti?

New York City patients who have rectus abdominis diastasis have several options to address this condition:

Non-Surgical Options

Exercise – specific exercises may strengthen your core and improve diastasis recti in some cases. Keep in mind that traditional crunches and sit-ups may make diastasis recti worse, so you have to work with your doctor to find the right exercise regimen.
Physical Therapy – a physical therapist can help create a personalized exercise program specifically designed to address diastasis recti and strengthen your core muscles. They may also teach techniques to improve your posture and body mechanics during daily activities.
Bracing – wearing a specialized abdominal binder or support garment often provides gentle compression to your core. This helps reduce discomfort and offers some support while your core muscles heal.

While these non-surgical interventions can help alleviate symptoms, they may not completely close the gap between your abdominal muscles, especially in severe cases.

Diastasis Recti Repair Surgery

Dr. Tomer Avraham uses surgery to address diastasis recti when exercise does not work or the separation is significant. This specialized treatment aims to tighten the separated abdominal muscles and repair the
linea alba (the connective tissue that holds them together). This achieves a flatter abdomen, improved core function, and relief from back pain.

A Full-Body Improvement

Dr. Avraham’s offers a comprehensive and individualized diastasis recti repair to help you achieve multiple whole-body benefits:
Stronger Core – a repaired core provides better stability and support for your spine. This helps improve posture and reduce back pain.

  • Functional Improvement – a stronger core makes everyday activities easier, from lifting groceries to playing with your kids.
    Improved Urinary Control – in some cases, diastasis recti may contribute to urinary incontinence. Repairing the separation helps address this issue.
  • Flatter Stomach – this treatment effectively closes the gap between your abdominal muscles for a flatter, more toned midsection.
  • Confidence Boost – feeling good about your appearance can positively impact your self-esteem and confidence.

No Mesh Laparoscopic Diastasis Recti Repair

Dr. Avraham offers non-mesh laparoscopic surgery as an option to his diastasis recti patients. This technique tightens the separated muscles and repairs the connective tissue using sutures, all through a few small incisions. This approach often leads to faster recovery, less scarring, and potentially a lower risk of mesh complications.

Recovery After Diastasis Repair

Rest and recovery are essential after diastasis recti repair surgery. You might feel sore for a few weeks, but pain medication easily helps manage this discomfort. Patients need to wear a compression garment to support their healing core. Dr. Avraham’s office will provide expert guidance on safe exercises to gradually strengthen your muscles without putting strain on your incision. Most patients can return to light activity within a few weeks, with a full recovery taking 3-6 months.

Your Diastasis Recti Consultation in New York

Dr. Avraham is a leading expert in diastasis recti surgery in New York City. The surgeon has helped countless patients improve their quality of life through this surgery. If you want to take advantage of his skills and expertise, the first step is to schedule a consultation in his New York City office. This initial one-on-one visit aims to discuss your concerns, assess your diastasis recti, and explore all your options.

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