How is the patient positioned for total mesorectal excision (TME)?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Nanda Kishore Maroju, MRCS, MS, MBBS, DNB; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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The standard position for TME is an extended Lloyd-Davies position. With this position, a right-handed surgeon would have a good view into the pelvis and would be able to operate comfortably while standing on the left of the patient. The first assistant stands on the right, and a second assistant, if available, is positioned between the patient’s legs.


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