Diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles, resulting in a protrusion of the muscles. This condition is often linked with stretching of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy, but it can be caused by developmental issues or strains on the abdominal muscles. Both men and women can suffer from diastasis recti, which can have symptoms similar to a hernia. Danny Shouhed, M.D. offers treatment of diastasis recti through his practice in Los Angeles.
Diastasis recti occurs when the connective tissue between the right and left abdominal muscle groups stretches. This can be caused by pregnancy, weight gain or straining the abdominal muscles. The symptoms of diastasis recti include a protrusion or bulge in the abdomen, and the abdomen may be tender, but there is rarely pain.
While diastasis recti and abdominal hernias may look similar, they are not the same. Diastasis recti is not a protrusion of intestines or abdominal tissues like a hernia; it is a bulge of muscle due to the stretched connective tissue. However, it is possible for diastasis recti to cause an abdominal hernia if the connective tissue tears and allows tissue to push through the opening.
Treatment of diastasis recti can include strengthening the abdominal wall to tighten the muscles and connective tissue. When exercises are ineffective, surgery may be required to repair the abdominal wall to close the gap between the two sides of the abdomen “six-pack” to flatten the stomach and prevent hernias from occurring.
Dr. Shouhed is one of the top minimally-invasive gastrointestinal surgeons in the Los Angeles area. If you are experiencing symptoms of a Spigelian hernia, contact our office to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Shouhed. We can book an appointment for a diagnosis or to discuss hernia treatment options.