Lloyd-Davies position

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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.

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.


  1. The position gives good exposure and minimizes pressure areas for longer surgeries.
  2. It has less side effects of neuropathies as compared to other positions.


  1. It can precipitate compartment syndrome in muscles of calves after 5 or more hours of surgery.[1]

See also[edit]

Surgical positions