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Are the stitches used to pull the paired rectus abdominis muscles together permanent?

Q:

I hope I'm describing this correctly. Are the stitches that are used to pull the paired rectus abdominis muscles together permanent or will the connecting tissue between the paired rectus abdominis muscles heal and repair themselves after the pressure has been removed?

A:

Surgeons use both types of sutures, both permanent and absorbable. So your specific surgeon would need to answer that question. Most surgeons use permanent sutures to repair the rectus muscle separation I believe. After an appropriate amount of time the fascia which is what is truly sutured together will fuse together. You must be careful with activities to allow that area to heal properly. The sutures themselves will not prevent tearing if you do too much.

R. Rosen, MD

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