Non-Surgical
Diastasis Recti Repair

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What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is when the left and right sides of the outermost abdominal muscle become separated. These muscles work to provide support for the back and several organs. Strong rectus abdominal muscles keep the core strong and limber. Fibrous connective tissue, known as the linea alba, connects the recti muscles together. When the muscles separate, the tissue often stretches sideways. 

What causes the condition?

All women, men, and even children are at risk of muscle separation. In fact, everyone is born with their abdominal muscles separated. Whether the muscles close is dependent on the amount of force of pressure created by the connective tissue that joins the outermost muscles.

Even if the muscles close, there’s always the risk of separating again, especially if there’s a continuous force on the connective tissue. Force can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Weight gain in the belly area
  • Supporting a growing uterus during pregnancy
  • Improper use of the abdominal muscles during sports or exercises
  • Genetics 

The most common cause of diastasis recti is pregnancy. However, the condition can be diagnosed in anyone.

Symptoms

Though the condition sounds painful, diastasis recti is usually painless. In some people, the condition can cause discomfort, appearance, and difficulty doing certain activities, such as those that involve the core muscles.

A person with diastasis recti may experience:

  • Separation that is visible or can be felt
  • Lower back, hip, and pelvis pain
  • Poor trunk posture
  • A weak midsection
  • Mummy tummy or guy gut
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal problems (constipation, bloating, etc.)

Another common symptom is doming or tenting in the middle of the stomach. This typically occurs when rolling over in bed or lifting something.

Treatment OPTIONS

There are many non-surgical treatment options to heal abdominal separation. One of the most innovative and minimally invasive treatments is PRP injections. This treatment uses the magical fluid flowing through your body: blood!

The blood is nothing short of magical. It supplies oxygen, hormones, and sugar to cells. Blood also removes waste and impurities from the cells. It also contains platelets, which provide excellent healing capabilities.

PRP injections use platelet-rich plasma that works within the body to restore the abdominal muscles to a healthy condition. The treatment uses your own blood to heal your body.

Patients can undergo PRP injections each month for 3-4 months. The length of time needed to heal your diastasis recti depends on the severity of the muscle separation as well as your age and other conditions.

Routine follow-up injections may be needed to prevent abdominal muscle separation in the future.

Benefits of PRP injections

After undergoing PRP injections, you’ll benefit from:

  • Improved posture
  • Flat belly and smaller waist
  • Relief from gastrointestinal problems
  • Improved pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Lessened lower back pain

For women who plan to get pregnant in the future, PRP injections used to treat diastasis recti can also provide more effective pushing during labor.

How it works

Creating PRP is simple and painless. It’s an in-office procedure that requires a blood draw that takes no longer than 30 minutes. After your blood is drawn, it’s placed into a centrifuge machine that separates the concentrated platelets from red blood cells. Once separated, the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is ready to be used.

PRP injection process takes no more than an hour, including the separation process above. PRP is collected and injected into the abdominal region to target the linea alba.

Generally speaking, PRP injections aren’t painful. Patients may experience a small amount of pain after the procedure, but the discomfort should subside within a matter of days.

BEFORE & AFTER

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Dr. Shounuck Patel, DO is a leader in the field of orthopedic regenerative medicine.

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Dr. Patel and all of his staff will definitely ease your pain and worries. Having Spinal Stenosis, knee problems as well as ankle problems they have made my life so much better. My last treatment was 2 years and 3 months ago. I just did a second treatment this week. Before that I was getting spinal epidurals every 3 months and living on ibuprofen and pain prescriptions. I haven't had that anymore. It's been 2 years and 3 months. He offers so much care and spends all the time in the world with you.
Deby Pierce
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My meniscus was disintegrating. After my stem cell/ platelet treatment, is now whole. It is a constant source of wonder to me that sidewalk curbs which used to seem like climbing Mount Everest are no longer a challenge. Seven months out, I’m still experiencing small improvements in mobility that I didn’t even realize I had lost. An altogether life-affirming experience.
Mary Allwright
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I am extremely thankful for everything Dr. Patel and his staff have done for my husband. Dr. Patel was very thorough during the evaluation and answered all of our questions very carefully. During my husband’s Spine PRP procedure, everyone made him feel very comfortable and everything went very smooth. My husband is now doing great. Thank you so much for everything!
Eva Cardenas
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I owe Dr. Patel my life. When I came to him I was in level 10 pain constantly, and had been bed ridden for several months. After 3 PRP treatments I am now a fully functioning human with zero pain throughout most of each day! I can even go back to activities like working out, dancing, and aerial arts! The diet and supplements he put me on even got rid of my migraines - something I've seen specialists for since I was 12!!! This man is brilliant, kind, funny, and extremely patient. He will sit with you and answer every little question you have and geek out with you on the science behind it. I literally trust him with my life.
Courtney Carini

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Have you been diagnosed with diastasis recti? Looking to repair your abdominal muscles without going under the knife? If so, PRP injections are an effective option.  PRP for diastasis recti is a minimally invasive, non-surgical method for curing mummy tummy and guy gut. PRP injections use the body’s natural healing process to heal damaged connective tissue while promoting repair and accelerating healing.

Want to learn more about our revolutionary non-surgical diastasis recti repair?  We service Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County. For more information contact our patient concierge at info@fxregencenter.com or call us at (310) 929-9790.

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