What is rectus diastasis?
Most women’s abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy to make room for the growing baby. After pregnancy this separation should resolve. In some women the separation remains… this is rectus diastasis. We are a research group dedicated to knowing more about this condition.
AbdomiCARE is a not-for-profit research collaborative dedicated to producing and disseminating evidence-based findings about rectus diastasis (RD) and its associated health related quality of life outcomes. Using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) research, we are interested in examining the patient’s lived experience of rectus diastasis and abdominoplasty, rather than focusing on the surgeon’s perspective. Based at Flinders University, the researchers behind this collective are aiming to:
· Define the pathology of rectus diastasis, its associated risk factors, symptoms, and health related quality of life outcomes
· Examine the health benefits of abdominoplasty with muscle repair (Tummy-tuck) as a treatment option
Our Research Projects
Meet the surgeons contributing to research on rectus diastasis. Each of these individuals is a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has agreed to support our research projects by referring participants and performing abdominoplasty with muscle repair.
Dr Jake Lim is a fully qualified Australian Plastic Surgeon. After completing his training, Dr Lim visited centres in the UK and Europe to further his interest and knowledge in cosmetic surgery. Dr Lim specialises in facial plastic surgery, body contouring and cosmetic breast surgery.
Alexandra is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who trained in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Her main specialities are in breast augmentation/reductions/lifts, body contouring surgery (following weight loss), hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, & skin cancer surgery.
Dr Tim is a certified cosmetic and plastic surgeon, past president of ASAPS and a Board member of ISAPS. He is currently Head of the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Westmead Private Hospital. He focuses on cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body.