Coccygectomy for treatment of coccygodynia

The Journal of the Korean Orthopaedic Association

Volume 49 Number 3 2014

Chang Hwa Hong, M.D., Tae Kyung Lee, M.D., Sang Bum Kim, M.D.*, Taek Soo Jeon, M.D., Jong Seok Park, M.D., and Si John Hong, M.D.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan

* Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Konyang University

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cemtum Orthopedic Hospital, Daejeon, Korea


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Coccygodynia is a painful condition localized in the region of the coccyx. Most cases of coccygodynia are treated conservatively. However, we conducted an analysis of patients who underwent coccygectomy, with chronic intractable coccygodynia and assessed the results of their treatment.

Materials and Methods:

From March 2003 to August 2013, this study was conducted in order to investigate the benefit of coccygectomy in cases where conservative treatment has failed. We compared preoperative and postoperative visual analog scales (VAS) scores and confirmed duration of symptom free, complications. [8 cases]


The average duration of symptom free was 3.4 months, and VAS score improved from 7.3 to 1.6. There was one wound infection.


We can obtain satisfactory results through coccygectomy for chronic intractable coccygodynia.

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