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  • lori
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    I have to have a bowel resection which requires lying on your back flat for about 2 hours. My most recent MRI shows disc bulges at L2-L5, impinging on the thecal sac and causing mild bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing. Posterior disck protrusion at L5-S1 impinging on the thecal sac causing moderate bilateral narrowing.

    How do I protect my back for this surgery, what can the colon surgeon do to help protect my back and still have full access to the abdominal area?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Generally, the problem with your particular back disorder is worsened by extension (bending backwards). The normal position for an abdominal surgery is lying supine (on your back) with a pillow under your knees. Simply ask the surgeon to place two pillows under your knees and that position should protect you.

    Dr. Corenman

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