Diastasis Recti and the Floppy Abdomen
Diastasis recti is a midline contour abnormality of the anterior abdominal wall that is characterized by the attenuation of the linea alba and usually is sequelae of pregnancy. Other causes include prior surgery and obesity. It is differentiated from a true hernia based on the absence of a fascial defect. Management options are diverse and well described and include a wide range from conditioning exercises to surgical repair with or without mesh. This chapter will review the characteristics and treatment modalities for diastasis recti.