Divarication of rectus abdominis muscles

Referral and Treatment Criteria applies – see RaTC - Divarication of rectus abdominis muscles (surgical repair of)

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Background

Diastasis recti or divarication of the rectus abdominis muscles describes the separation of the two rectus muscles, usually as a result of the linea alba thinning and stretching

Divarication of rectus muscles is normally considered a cosmetic condition as it does not carry the risks of a true hernia like strangulation of contents

Surgical correction of rectus divarication can be undertaken in combination with an abdominoplasty to improve appearance. Alternatively the rectus abdominis muscles can be repaired via a simple midline incision

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Policy

Surgical repair of divarication of rectus abdominis muscles in combination with abdominoplasty is not routinely funded for any patient group

Surgical repair of divarication of rectus abdominis muscles via midline incision will only be funded where both of the following criteria are met:

  • It is undertaken in combination with umbilical hernia repair, where the patient fulfils relevant criteria for the latter, and
  • Umbilical hernia repair is coded as the primary procedure

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Refer also to the policy on RaTC - Divarication of rectus abdominis muscles (surgical repair of)

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