Repairing the gap

Recruitment is complete for this study

Repairing the gap

This study will examine women with rectus diastasis undergoing abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck) and examine the health-related quality of life outcomes before and after the operation. 

Who are we looking for?

Australian women over the age of 18

Women who have had at least 1 child who is 12 months or older.

Women diagnosed with rectus diastasis, confirmed with abdominal ultrasound (inter-rectus distance is >30mm at any point along the linea alba).

Women who have not had any previous abdominal surgery including weight loss surgery (Caesarean sections are ok).

Women who have failed to respond to non-surgical conservative treatment such as physiotherapy.

Women who are not needing abdominoplasty primarily for problems related to massive weight loss (over-hanging apron with rashes).


Women booked to undergo an abdominoplasty with muscle repair with an Australian Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS(Plas)) who agrees to take part in the study.


Women not planning to undergo surgery for at least 12-months.

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Repairing the Gap

Ethical approval for this study has been granted by the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (2021/HRE00325).

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