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Diastasis recti surgery?
Sep 26, 2008

My HIV Primary Care Doctor diagnosed me with a ventral hernia and sent me for a surgical consult. The surgeon says I have Diastasis recti abdominis, but no hernia. The streching of my rectus adbominal muscle is large. He says it can be repaired with laproscopic surgery, but he is checking with a younger "whippersnapper" surgeon in his practice on the best way to proceed. Have you seen this with any of your patients and what is your opinion on surgery for this problem? I Thanks for your help! Tim

Response from Dr. Henry

I have had a number of patients undergo ventral hernia surgery using several different techniques with good outcomes. HIV patients generally do well with surgery -I cannot comment on the preferred surgical approach in your case. KH

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