Unfortunately, not everyone with a diastasis recti will experience healing. Rehabilitative exercises can be pursued and completed as recommended, but the gap still won’t close and symptoms may still be present. There may come a time when someone has to consider surgery for their DR.
However, DR surgery is not something to take lightly. In RYC’s recent article, they detail how serious the surgery can be and what the surgical process can be like.
Try Exercise and Rehab First
This almost goes without saying. Yet, some people try to opt for surgery before even considering other alternatives. Regardless of whether or not you end up needing surgery, you should at least go a full year with rehab before having surgery on the table.
Lauren’s program, Restore Your Core, is specifically designed for women suffering from DR. She guides them through many exercises that aid in strengthening the core muscles which can help eliminate or diminish any symptoms you may be facing.
Exercise and core building rehabilitation is an extremely important first step everyone should take when their road to recovery.
When to Consider Surgery
If you have been enrolled in physical therapy focused on core rehab for around a year and are still showing signs of a moderate to severe diastasis recti, then it would be a good time to consider other options. It does not necessarily mean that exercise and core building isn’t working, but that it may take more time in order to heal properly.
If you are facing symptoms like a significant abdominal gap, lower back pain, or urinary incontinence, you should consult a doctor and discuss whether or not surgery is the right option for you. If, however, your gap is not causing any significant issues or painful symptoms, it may not be a concern for you. DR surgery is highly invasive and tends to be fairly expensive with a long recovery time. Most of the time, the cons outweigh the pros.
What Happens in DR Surgery?
As stated above, diastasis recti surgery is highly invasive. It is also not approached the same way with each person. Some people may only need their core muscles tightened (which is not as invasive) while others may need more complex surgery to restore any stretched or loose skin around the belly button.
A more serious and invasive surgery for DR can include:
- Skin removal
- A larger incision around the belly button
- Skin grafts
- And even belly button relocation
The surgery is ultimately determined by the body type of the individual.
Another thing to keep in mind is that DR surgery is not commonly covered by insurance companies because it is considered cosmetic surgery. However, if it is causing issues in your everyday life, have your physician talk with your insurance company to see if they can work it out.
To learn more about diastasis recti and the surgical process, visit Lauren’s site and review her most recent article covering the process and recovery.