Dr. Granzow specializes in repairing lingering physical conditions moms may experience after pregnancy and childbirth. He believes that the physical conditions are unique to each mom and should be carefully examined through a comprehensive evaluation to develop a personalized treatment program. As part of the treatment plan, Dr. Granzow may recommend:
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy) for sagging breasts.
- Breast Augmentation to restore volume to your breasts. This may be performed with either breast implants, or with fat grafting from other areas of your body.
- Breast Reduction to reduce your breast size.
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) for abdominal muscle separation and regaining tone.
- Scar Revision after a C-section.
- Liposuction to remove uneven fat deposits that diet and exercise cannot improve.
- Physical Therapy specially designed for pregnant and new moms
Dr. Granzow works jointly with physical therapists that have expertise in women’s health and postpartum issues to provide the optimum treatment program for each patient.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Dr. Granzow offers comprehensive treatments to repair abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti) and restore pre-pregnancy abdominal tightness. During pregnancy, the skin and tummy wall over the abdominal muscles of a mom’s abdominal area stretch to accommodate for the growing baby. After birth, the skin and tummy retract a certain amount, but rarely to the tightness that was present before pregnancy. This means that skin and tummy may become deflated and create a sagging or prominence that will not go away despite diet and exercise.
What Is Abdominal Muscle Separation (Diastasis Recti)?
A common but neglected condition, abdominal muscle separation reduces the integrity and strength of the abdominal/tummy wall. Most Manhattan Beach moms experience mild to extensive separation of abdominal muscles caused by the size of the baby and the growth of the uterus to accommodate the baby. Symptoms often include:
- Back pain
- Poor posture
- Pelvic floor problems
- Gastro-intestinal issues such as constipation and bloating
Additional trauma where there is already abdominal muscle separation even may cause a hernia to occur. Dr. Granzow recommends a tummy tuck not only to improve appearance but also to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.
An umbilical hernia is a weakening of the abdominal wall around the belly button. Some Manhattan Beach moms develop umbilical hernias because of increased abdominal pressure during a pregnancy that may further weaken a small defect that may have been present prior to pregnancy. Symptoms can cause your stomach:
- Tenderness at the belly button
Dr. Granzow can surgically repair the hernia to eliminate weakening of the abdominal wall around the belly button.
The Role of Physical Therapy
Dr. Granzow believes that receiving treatment from a physical therapist specializing in postpartum issues can make a tremendous difference for abdominal muscle separation. Whether combined with a tummy tuck or not, physical therapy can help return muscles to their original form.