Coccygectomy Surgery in Fairfield County, CT
The coccyx, also known as the tailbone, is a small, triangular bone at the base of the spine. It consists of three to five bones that may or may not fuse over time, depending on the individual. The coccyx is connected to the sacrum, the base of the spinal cord that sits within the pelvis. The tailbone and sacrum may also fuse together with age and are connected by a joint.
While many misconstrue the tailbone as a nonfunctioning appendage, it actually has more significance than most people realize. The functions of the tailbone include:
- Attachment site for tendons and ligaments
- Attachment site for pelvic floor muscles, which are important for functions like continence and defecation
- Stabilization and balance while sitting
The tailbone has a notorious reputation for causing excruciating pain upon injury. It can be bruised or broken from trauma or even childbirth. These temporary injuries are treated with:
- Anti-inflammatory and corticosteroid medications
- Physical therapy
- Limited sitting or sitting with a cushion
For individuals that have tumors or chronic, persistent pain, your healthcare provider may recommend a surgical procedure called a coccygectomy.
Coccygectomy is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia that removes all or a portion of the coccyx. It is a straightforward, short, outpatient procedure that relieves tailbone discomfort and pain in upwards of 80% of patients.
The surgery involves a small incision made above the coccyx, which is directly under the skin with no impeding muscles or other structures to dissect away. The surgeon then removes the disc between the coccyx and the sacrum. Blood vessels extending from the coccyx are cauterized or “glued.” The ligaments, tendons and muscle attachments are severed and the coccyx is officially removed. The entire procedure takes under an hour.
The coccygectomy recovery process can be very painful and lengthy. The pain caused by the surgery can make sitting uncomfortable; your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help with this discomfort. Recuperation time and relief of pain may take as long as three months to a year depending upon the individual. Due to the coccyx position close to the anus, the risk of infection is high and should be monitored closely. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to help prevent this infection from occurring.
Your healthcare provider will also go over wound care instructions and any activity limitations with you after surgery and in your follow-up appointments.
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