A Simple Technique for Repair of Rectus Sheath Defects

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Abstract

Several approaches for repair of diastasis recti during abdominoplasty and repair of rectus sheath defect during transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap harvest have been described. Although these have generally been effective, we feel our procedure to be advantageous. The method presented is quick, easy, and efficient. In addition, because a looped (double), monofilament suture is used, a stronger, more aesthetic repair is accomplished. This technique has been used in 39 patients over a 25-month period. No recurrences of diastasis recti and no hernias have been observed. Furthermore, all patients remain without complaint.

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