There is no cure for abdominal wall defects, but there are ways to treat them.
There are four main types of abdominal wall defects:
Diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)
If you have one or more of these conditions, there are several treatments that may help you lead a normal life.
- Surgery is usually required to repair the defect, but if it's too big or too complicated to fix, you may need to consider another treatment option.
- Sometimes, surgery isn't an option because the defect is too large or it's located in an area that makes it difficult to fix. In this case, doctors may use medical devices like mesh or a sling instead of performing surgery.
- In order to treat abdominal wall defect, a surgeon will make an incision in your abdomen and then suture the hole together. This is called an ostomy.
- An ostomy is when a part of your intestine is pulled out through an opening in your abdomen so that you can empty your bowel into a bag attached to it instead of having to go through the normal process of elimination.
- In most cases, the ostomy will be temporary; however, if the problem persists or returns after surgery, you may need to have an ostomy permanently.
- Another treatment option is "tension free" closure, where surgeons use sutures instead of staples to close up any openings in your abdomen or pelvis area like those caused by hernias.
- This helps prevent complications like infections and swelling after surgery, which could lead them back into old habits like smoking cigarettes, which could cause serious health problems.
A bulging belly,Diastasis recti, or a separation of the abdominal muscles,Pregnancy-related problems, such as incontinence and prolapse,Abdominal pain, especially after eating,An umbilical hernia,A gap between the abdominal muscles that can be seen when you look at yourself in the mirror
Diastasis recti,Umbilical hernia,Flank hernia,Hernia in the small intestine,Hernia in the large intestine,Hernia in the bladder