Diastasis (or separation) of the Rectus Abdominis muscle is a common condition following pregnancy, or after many years of abnormal abdominal loading.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) can lead to impairment of abdominal wall function, and secondary loss of core strength. This anatomic injury causes biomechanical strain, leading to multiple symptoms including: low and mid back pain, pelvic girdle pain, urinary incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. Physiotherapy can help some women improve their muscle separation, while others require surgical intervention. What appears essential is the ability to generate tension between the recti in order to create and maintain core strength.
Dr Demianczuk continues to work closely with physiotherapists who are world leaders in the understanding and management of DRA. In a DRA repair, the rectus muscles are repaired, recreating normal anatomy, and thereby allowing tension to form across the core muscles. This procedure is very effective in reducing DRA associated symptoms, while simultaneously improving the patient’s physical appearance.
The Surgical Experience
A Diastasis Rectus Abdominis repair is performed under general anaesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. It is frequently combined with skin tightening and hernia repair. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks. Patients will be encouraged to move around after surgery in order to promote blood circulation. Most patients will need 2 weeks off work following surgery, and should attend physiotherapy after 6 weeks.
The price for a diastasis Rectus Abdominis repair is between $9,800-$13,500. procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this procedure insured by my insurance plan?
Repair of the rectus muscles is currently not an insured service under the BC Medical Services Plan. Some third party insurance companies may insure some portions of this procedure. Patients will need to check with their insurer.
Will mesh be used in the repair?
No mesh is used in this type of repair, even if present in combination with a hernia. Dr Demianczuk’s technique does not require placement of foreign material to restore the normal anatomy.
Schedule your consultation
To find out how Diastasis Rectus Abdominis Repair procedure can help you meet your goals, contact Dr. Demianczuk.