Coccygectomy is the surgical removal of a portion of your tailbone called the coccyx. An incision is made at your sacrum. The coccyx is separated from the sacrum and removed. Surgical removal may involve all or a portion of the coccyx (coccygectomy).
Who Can Benefit From Coccygectomy?
When conservative treatments no longer provide long term relief for your tail bone pain, surgical interventions may be recommended.
Coccygectomy Surgical Procedure
- The surgeon makes an incision over the sacrum.
- Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used during the procedure.
- The coccyx is dissected and removed from the sacrum.
- Surgery takes approximately 1 hour.
Recovery after Coccygectomy surgery is usually relatively brief. It is dependent upon the age and overall health of the individual. It may take quite some time for the patient to experience relief from their symptoms, from three months to up to a year after the surgery. Sitting can be very difficult throughout the healing process. Return to work also varies among patients and is related to overall health as well as the type of work you do.
Stillwater Spinal Surgeons
To learn more about Coccygectomy and determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure, contact us at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 or 651.430.3800.