Special Issue

Rectus Diastasis

About this Special Issue

Rectus diastasis (RD) is a hot topic in surgical practice related to abdominal wall surgery. RD describes the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles and is characterised by widening of the linea alba. This causes the midline to “bulge” when intra-abdominal pressure is increased. RD is not a hernia because it does not have a true fascial defect although it can be associated with primary midline hernias. It is a condition mostly seen in women after pregnancy and, to a lesser extent, in obese male patients. Open repair techniques have been described although nowadays the development of minimally invasive approaches for treating RD, has led to a consideration on the role that these novel techniques may play. Despite the increase in ways of approaching RD there is a lack of consensus on the definition, diagnosis and therapeutic management of RD.

This special issue will feature the latest cutting-edge reviews, mini-reviews, original research, brief research report, opinion pieces with and without video in supplementary material, and commentary from anyone interested in the field covering any of the following topics:

- Rectus diastasis. Classification and definition
- Rectus diastasis. Data from registers
- Rectus diastasis in women
- Rectus diastasis in men
- Setting the scene. Symptoms - physical and psychological
- Role of Physiotherapy
- Controversies in Surgical treatment
- Functional Outcomes following rectus diastasis repair
- Opinion article (video allowed in supplementary material) on Diastasis recti, Open Retromuscular technique
- Opinion article (video allowed in supplementary material) on minimal Invasive Onlay mesh technique

If you have any questions, please contact the Editorial Office: jaws@frontierspartnerships.org

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 June 2022
Article Submission Deadline: 1 November 2022


Keywords: Rectus diastasis, Diastasis recti, abdominal wall surgery, hernia


Rectus diastasis (RD) is a hot topic in surgical practice related to abdominal wall surgery. RD describes the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles and is characterised by widening of the linea alba. This causes the midline to “bulge” when intra-abdominal pressure is increased. RD is not a hernia because it does not have a true fascial defect although it can be associated with primary midline hernias. It is a condition mostly seen in women after pregnancy and, to a lesser extent, in obese male patients. Open repair techniques have been described although nowadays the development of minimally invasive approaches for treating RD, has led to a consideration on the role that these novel techniques may play. Despite the increase in ways of approaching RD there is a lack of consensus on the definition, diagnosis and therapeutic management of RD.

This special issue will feature the latest cutting-edge reviews, mini-reviews, original research, brief research report, opinion pieces with and without video in supplementary material, and commentary from anyone interested in the field covering any of the following topics:

- Rectus diastasis. Classification and definition
- Rectus diastasis. Data from registers
- Rectus diastasis in women
- Rectus diastasis in men
- Setting the scene. Symptoms - physical and psychological
- Role of Physiotherapy
- Controversies in Surgical treatment
- Functional Outcomes following rectus diastasis repair
- Opinion article (video allowed in supplementary material) on Diastasis recti, Open Retromuscular technique
- Opinion article (video allowed in supplementary material) on minimal Invasive Onlay mesh technique

If you have any questions, please contact the Editorial Office: jaws@frontierspartnerships.org

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 June 2022
Article Submission Deadline: 1 November 2022


Keywords: Rectus diastasis, Diastasis recti, abdominal wall surgery, hernia


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