|Image from here. Not my tummy but I can relate.|
One of the things on my 52in52 list* was to investigate what I can do about the gaping hole in the middle of my stomach aka diastasis recti. It doesn't cause me pain per se but extreme discomfort and a high ick factor when I watch the progress of my lunch through my intestines. Not normal.
I got a referral to see a public hospital plastic surgeon and I had my appointment last week. He acknowledged that, yes I do have a medical issue (7cm separation with large umbilicial hernia), that yes it does need to be remedied with surgery, but no they probably can't do it in the public hospital system.
I understand that my need for surgery is not as pressing as much of the other work that they do to help people with life-threatening cancers, burns etc. I really do. I knew that it was a long shot, but I have to say it kind of sucks to know that you need to save thousands of dollars, just to have yourself put back together.
The surgeon is taking my case (including lovely photos) to the Head of Plastics for his consideration. I might be one of the lucky ones who is 'bad enough' to get help in the public hospital system (cross your fingers for me). But it begs the question: what will I do if I am not?
Have you had surgery to remedy diastasis recti? Know someone else who did? How did you manage to get it done?
*Incidentally, I am currently re-working this to a 101 in 1001 list as I have managed to complete 38 items on my list and not the rest...