MemberMay 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm
Umbilical hernia + diastasis
Lonnie – You mentioned diastasis in you title, but nothing else. A diastasis is when you do a “crunch”, and it looks like a big bulge from your breast bone all the way to the belly button. This can vary in size. It is of no physiologic or anatomic consequence whatsoever. It does drastically increase the risk of recurrence after mesh-less umbilical or epigastric hernia repair, which you had. There are many mesh products specifically designed for this type of repair, and you should have one of these placed if you’re going for another repair. It will not get better with anything except an operation. If you choose to watch it a while, that’s fine. Seek medical attention if starting to cause pain/discomfort, or enlarging in size. When I get to another computer, I’ll post an article written for surgeons that you may find interesting. It has some photos of these mesh products in it. In the mean time, you may find this article interesting.