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Before Ab Surgery

If you are having, or even thinking about having, any type of abdominal surgery, you need to prepare for it. Surgery involves sutures and sutures can come undone with intra-abdominal force on them. You use your abdominals with every move you make and every breath you take. That is why it is so important to strengthen your transverse abdominal muscle as well as have an awareness of how to use it with your activities of daily living before surgery, so you then are prepared to use them in the recovery process to maintain the integrity of the sutures. It is so important to make your diastasis smaller before you have surgery for an umbilical hernia. Repairing the umbilical hernia when the muscles are separated above and below it will make it more difficult to maintain the stitches at the umbilicus.

After abdominal surgery, doctors usually tell you not “lift” anything heavy because intra-abdominal force on sutures pulls them apart. However, when doing activities like getting up from a seated position to a standing position you are "lifting" your whole body weight. This intra-abdominal force on your sutures is much worse than lifting a heavy box. That is why it is so important to learn how to use your abdominals before surgery.

My Tupler Technique® Ab Rehab® DVD was created for the purpose of preparing you for abdominal surgery. With shoulder and knee surgery you prepare before surgery. Why are you not asked to prepare for abdominal surgery? When the sutures come undone, this is called an incisional hernia. Between 100,000 and 150,000 ventral incisional hernia repairs are performed annually in the United States.

An umbilical hernia is a side effect of a diastasis recti. If you are not having pain with this type of hernia, you should do the Tupler Technique® Program before doing surgery for this. We have had clients NOT need surgery for their umbilical hernia after doing our program. Click here to read their stories. Strengthening the connective tissue with the Tupler Technique® will bring support to the belly button in the process of closing your diastasis. Your belly button will then change from an outie to an innie! You can see photos of women’s belly buttons changing on our before and after page.

To insure a successful outcome from abdominal surgery, it is important to prepare for it as thoroughly as possible with the Tupler Technique® beforehand. Six weeks before the surgery would be ideal. However, a couple of weeks before the surgery will still be helpful.

Click here to read an article written by Julie Tupler, RN and published in the Hernia Journal, March 2016. The article is called “The Importance of Making a Diastasis Smaller Before Hernia Surgery.”

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