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Divarication Of The Recti

Divarication is often confused with a hernia but it is not a hernia in the true sense of the word. It occurs when the two muscles that run from the ribs to the pubic bone separate above the umbilicus (belly button). The tissue between them is thin and so stretches but as there is no defect in this tissue, it is not a hernia. It can occur after one or more pregnancies.

Divarication causes a bulge between the breastbone and the umbilicus (belly button). It is most obvious when sitting up from a lying position. It rarely causes significant pain and is not prone to incarceration, strangulation or obstruction.

Repair of divarication is not usually necessary and so not usually recommended. It involves more complex surgery and may need to be carried out with a Plastic Surgeon.

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