1546.1-Abdominoplasty with repair of rectus diastasis (also known as rectus divarication) following pregnancy

Page last updated: 27 September 2021

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

The proposed medical service is surgical repair of a symptomatic rectus diastasis that is a consequence of pregnancy, which is over the threshold distance of 3cm, and where patients have a recognised and documented pattern of symptoms - low back pain, daily abdominal discomfort on functional use, and/or urinary incontinence. The repair would involve suturing the musculoaponeurotic layer of the abdominal wall, and include associated excision of redundant skin and fat, and transposition of the umbilicus (radical abdominoplasty). It would not be performed within 12 months of pregnancy.

Description of Medical Condition

The medical condition is the combination of low back pain, truncal instability, abdominal discomfort, +/- urinary incontinence, associated with significant rectus abdominis diastasis. This constellation of symptoms is not currently named as a syndrome, but meets the definition of a syndrome (Oxford English Dictionary definition of a syndrome is “a collection of symptoms that consistently occur together, or a condition characterised by a consistent set of symptoms”), and could be named “Rectus diastasis syndrome”.

Reason for Application

Amendment of existing MBS item(s)

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Consultation Survey

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Meetings for this Application


Expedited - Bypassing PASC


10-11 June 2021


29-30 July 2021