Rectus Divarication

 

Separation of the muscles at the front of the abdomen (rectus divarication) frequently occurs during pregnancy.

A combination of your body producing the hormone relaxin (to allow your pelvic ligaments to separate during childbirth) and the pressure from a heavy baby, amniotic fluid and perhaps twins causes the separation.

Reasons for Rectus Divarication Surgery

Separation of the muscles at the front of the abdomen (rectus divarication) frequently occurs during pregnancy. A combination of your body producing the hormone relaxin (to allow your pelvic ligaments to separate during child birth) and the pressure from a heavy baby, amniotic fluid and perhaps twins causes the separation.

No longer being joined together in the midline makes these muscles less effective at doing their job of flexing the lower spine, and thus weakens your ‘core strength’. Lower backache often results.

Although a program of exercises, such as pilates, may help considerably, in some women only a surgical repair of the rectus abdominus muscles will restore them to normal.

In some women this is may occur without the skin excess that is treated in a standard tummy tuck, and it can be surgically corrected without the extensive skin or umbilical incisions required for a full abdominoplasty.

All surgery carries with it risks and complications. See here for a summary of the common risks. Risks specific to both your personal situation and the specific procedures you are seeking will be discussed in detail at your appointment with Dr Breidahl.

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Dr. Alan Breidahl

Dr. Alan Breidahl

Dr. Alan BreidahlPlastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Alan Breidahl is one of Australia’s most respected Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is a specialist in post-traumatic and cleft lip-associated Rhinoplasty and has over 20 years clinical experience in all...

Lee Kuzma

Lee Kuzma

Lee KuzmaDivision 1 Nurse and Dermal Therapist With over 20 years of nursing experience and 15 years of dermal therapy experience, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, IPL, peels and microdermabrasion, Lee is highly skilled to bring the best out in your...

Sonia Gemin

Sonia Gemin

Sonia GeminDivision 1 Post-operative Care Nurse Our always smiling and cheerful post-operative care nurse, Sonia has over 15 years’ experience in Plastic Surgery Nursing in both public and private hospitals. With a graduate certificate in Plastic Surgery and Wound...

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