The abdominal muscles are grouped together by thin threads of connective tissue that keep them tight. However, due to various situations and conditions, these threads of connective tissue can loosen and cause the abdominal muscles to separate from one another. While this is not inherently dangerous, it usually affects the appearance of the stomach. It is most common after pregnancy. Many people ask, “Does a tummy tuck repair diastasis recti?”
Yes, a tummy tuck can repair diastasis recti. However, in some patients, a tummy tuck does not need to be performed. In mild cases, sometimes it will repair itself or can be repaired with physical therapy. However, in cases where this is not possible, or diastasis recti has not been repaired within a couple of years, a tummy tuck is the best option.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Allegra can stitch the muscles back together and essentially replace the connective tissue with sutures. Over time, this will help heal the area and bring the muscles back to their toned form. Though, diastasis recti can recur with further pregnancies or with major weight gain.