Diastasis Recti

These are only general guidelines and not meant to replace instructions from a physician. Please talk with your physician about your specific condition.

About The Condition

Diastasis Recti – rectus abdominis diastasis (RAD)

About the Condition

Our surgeons are skilled in diagnosing and treating diastasis recti, a separation of abdominal muscles sometimes caused by pregnancy, obesity, prior abdominal surgery, or connective tissue disorder. Surgery can repair this condition, reducing an abdominal bulge or resulting abdominal/back pain.

Diastasis recti – or rectus abdominis diastasis (RAD) – is defined as more than a 2-cm separation of the rectus abdominis muscles, also known as the abdominal muscles. These muscles run vertically on each side of the abdomen and are separated by a band of connective tissue. When the intra-abdominal pressure is elevated, these muscles can thin due to stretching, and they can separate. Most women who have had a baby have diastasis recti, and this usually gets worse with each pregnancy.


Diastasis recti can cause a number of symptoms, including:

In severe cases, patients experience significant abdominal pain and discomfort, making them unable to walk, twist, lift, hold a baby, exercise, or perform household chores.

Before Surgery

Before surgery, you may be asked to:

Please ask your physician about any additional steps you should take before your surgery.

During Surgery

While our surgeons sometimes perform open surgery to repair diastasis recti, robotic surgery has opened the door for minimally invasive diastasis recti repair. Our surgeons typically repair diastasis recti by reapproximating the middle edges of the rectus abdominis muscles in a minimally invasive fashion using the da Vinci® Surgical System. They then reinforce the repair with a mesh. 

After Surgery

On average, our patients go home the same day as surgery, experience minimal complications, and have great outcomes as they regain their abdominal wall functionality. 

You will be asked to see your surgeon in one to three weeks after surgery.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 763.780.6699.

Surgeons Who Treat Diastasis recti

Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Reflux disease
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign and malignant gastrointestinal pathology
  • Colorectal oncology
  • Complex hernias
  • Groin hernias
  • Complex ventral and hiatal hernias
  • Endocrine, such as adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid diseases
  • Diastasis recti
  • Colonic endometriosis
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Kourtney L. Kemp, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Esophageal disease and diagnostics
  • Heartburn/reflux
  • Robotic and laparoscopic surgeries
  • Hernia surgery
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Colon/bowel/gallbladder disease
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rachel tay, MD


  • Breast Cancer, breast disease
  • Colon resections
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Nissen fundoplications
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Minimally invasive surgery for hernia repair
  • Complex repair of ventral/incisional hernia
  • Robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery
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