Management of diastasis recti during ventral hernia repair: an analysis of the abdominal core health quality collaborative

S. Mazzola Poli de Figueiredo, L. Tastaldi, R. M.D. Mao, R. Lu

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Purpose: Advancements of minimally invasive techniques leveraged routine repair of concomitant diastasis recti (DR), as those approaches facilitate fascial plication and wide mesh overlap while obviating skin incision and/or undermining. Nevertheless, evidence on the value of such intervention is lacking. We aimed to investigate the management and outcomes of concomitant DR during ventral hernia repair (VHR + DR) from surgeons participating in the Abdominal Core Health Quality Collaborative (ACHQC). Methods: Patients who have undergone VHR + DR with a minimum 30-day follow-up complete were identified. Outcomes of interest included operative details, surgical site occurrences (SSO), medical complications, and readmissions. Results: 169 patients (51% female, median age 46, median body mass index 31 kg/m2) were identified. Most hernias were primary (64% umbilical, 28% epigastric). Median hernia width was 3 cm (IQR 2–4) and median diastasis width and length were 4 cm (IQR 3–6) and 15 cm (IQR 10–20), respectively. Most operations were robotic (79%), with a synthetic mesh (92%) placed as a sublay (72%; 59% retromuscular, 13% preperitoneal). DR was repaired with absorbable (92%) and running suture (93%). Considering our cohort’s relatively small diastasis and hernia size, a high rate of transversus abdominis release was noted (14.7%). 76% were discharged the same day and the 30-day readmission rate was 2% (2 ileus, 1 pneumonia). SSO rate was 4% (6 seromas, 1 skin necrosis) and only one patient required a procedural intervention. Conclusions: ACHQC participating surgeons usually perform VHR + DR robotically with a retromuscular synthetic mesh and close the DR with running absorbable sutures. Short-term complications occurred in approximately 6% of patients and were mainly managed without interventions. Larger studies with longer-term follow-up are needed to determine the value of VHR + DR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Diastasis recti
  • Incisional hernia
  • Robotic ventral hernia repair
  • Ventral hernia repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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