Rectus Muscle Repair, also known as rectus abdominis repair, is a surgical procedure that repairs the damaged or torn muscles that run vertically down the middle of your abdomen from your ribs to the front of your pelvis. Muscle repair surgery – typically performed as part of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) – can permanently repair the gap between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle. The procedure is the most effective and best way to treat diastasis recti, or split tummy muscles.
The rectus abdominis, commonly referred to as the “abs,” is the muscle that stabilizes your body while you move and holds your internal organs in place. When someone has a fit, trim, and defined abdomen, the rectus abdominis can also form what is known as a “six-pack.” A lot of women experience diastasis recti during and after pregnancy. The muscle tears down the middle of the abdominal wall, leaving gaps on both sides of the muscle walls. While rectus muscle repair is commonly associated with pregnant women, it can also occur in patients with severe obesity.Schedule Appointment
The person’s physiology determines the procedure. There are different levels of complexity and invasiveness. During an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, the rectus diastasis is repaired. Typically, the procedure takes 2-4 hours to complete. To further contour the abdomen and hips, you can combine liposuction with the tummy tuck and muscle repair procedure. The surgery will strengthen your abdominal wall, remove excess skin, and tighten your stomach all in one. Following a diastasis rectus repair, most patients experience 2 – 4 weeks of acute recovery, though swelling can last up to 6 weeks and full recovery can take up to a year. A compression garment will be worn for three to four weeks. You should not lift objects or engage in strenuous activity during this recovery period.Schedule Appointment
The benefits of rectus muscle repair surgery are a slimmer and tighter abdomen. Even with a strict diet and exercise regimen, diastasis recti muscles do not naturally regain their tightness. Rectus diastasis surgery will also decrease lower back pain and help reduce urinary incontinence with the strengthening of the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck removes saggy or overhanging skin from your stomach, tightens it, and gives you a flat, youthful body with no abnormalities. Good candidates for rectus muscle repair and abdominoplasty surgery include men and women who have tried to change their body composition through diet and exercise but have not been successful in reducing the amount of fat or skin in their lower abdomen.Schedule Appointment
Like any surgery, rectus muscle repair does have risks. If you have exhausted other non-surgical options such as exercise and physiotherapy, and elect for rectus diastasis repair surgery, the procedure is relatively safe. Dr. John Louis, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery Solutions, will answer all your questions during a consultation.
Post-operative pain is to be expected because diastasis recti surgery involves muscle repair. There will also be some swelling and bruising around your wounds. It could take up to two weeks for these symptoms to go away.
Depending on the extent of the wound, the recovery time for rectus muscle repair is a minimum of 3-6 weeks.
The tummy tuck scar is hidden in your bikini line, so it will not be easily visible.
Rectus muscle repair surgery is often combined with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery.
Plastic Surgery Solutions is the best rectus muscle repair surgery practice in Sanatoga for assisting patients in restoring torn or thinning muscle of the abdomen after pregnancy or extreme weight fluctuation. Make an appointment with Dr. John Louis for a rectus muscle repair consultation today.Schedule Appointment