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Vertical repair of disastasis recti vs horizontal advice pls

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PhoenixCourt01 Sun 11-Jan-15 09:09:22

Hello,

This is my first post ever do please excuse and mistakes! (all advice welcome)

I have a 5 finger width gap in my tummy which starts from my rib cage to my pubic bone.

I have a prolapsed colon which I'm scheduled for a corrective operation in a month. The surgeon also wants to fix my disastasis recti as it is also contributing to my symptoms. I have my disastasis recti corrected I will be left with a very long vertical scar on my abdomen. If I don't have the reci correction he can fix the prolapse via keyhole surgery.

The surgeon is not a plastic surgeon so I'm concerned with the results however Im trying to way up the pros and cons of having 2 operations instead of one?

I really want to get as much advice as possible before having the operation so I know I'm making the right decision.

This is why I wanted to join the group as it seems the best people with advice are those who are or have been going through the same thing.

I hope this all makes sense!

Micah Sun 11-Jan-15 09:15:10

Which will be harder to live with? The gap or the scar?

Which will give you the best quality of life?

I think if you're going to have two surgeries get them done at once. One ga, one recovery.

Your decision is whether to get the dr fixed.

Personally scars don't bother me, so I'd get it done.

PhoenixCourt01 Sun 11-Jan-15 09:44:47

Thank you Micah!

It does make logical sense to have them both done at the same time.

I wish I could know more about how the scar will look. I've had my abdomen has been out of wack for 16 years since my first daughter. I'm just wondering if I have an opportunity for it to look better then maybe I should take it.

But as you said 1 ga is better the 2!

Eastpoint Sun 11-Jan-15 09:50:12

If your abdomen has been out of whack for 16 years what are you hoping to achieve? One of my friends had a tummy tuck (having lost lots of weight) combined with a disastasis repair, big u shaped scar but she said she couldn't wear a bikini before & at least this scar fitted in her bikini bottoms. Presumably you are dressed most of the time so having a long thin scar won't affect your life as much as not having it fixed.

PhoenixCourt01 Sun 11-Jan-15 10:21:42

Thank you Eastpoint!

I think you are right in regards to the scar. Any improvement will be appreciated and this is being done for health reasons so I need to really remember that big point!

It's just the operation is being performed by a colorectal surgeon not a plastic surgeon so I'm having this fear I will be left looking worse then before.

I don't think I would even be debating this if he hadn't given me the option of having it done separately.

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