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Lloyd-Davies of Pencoed position is a medical term referring to a common position for surgical procedures involving the pelvis and lower abdomen. The majority of colorectal and pelvic surgery is conducted with the patient in the Lloyd-Davies position.
It is also known as the Trendelenburg position with legs apart. The basic angle is a 30-degree Trendelenburg with the hips flexed at 15 degrees; this can be adjusted with leg supports.
- The position gives good exposure and minimizes pressure areas for longer surgeries.
- It has less side effects of neuropathies as compared to other positions.
- It can precipitate compartment syndrome in muscles of calves after 5 or more hours of surgery.