Coccygectomy for the treatment of therapy-resistant coccygodynia

Journal of surgical orthopaedic advances

2009 Fall; 18(3): 147-9.

Traub S, Glaser J, Manino B.

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA


Coccygodynia (pain in the region of the coccyx) has many causes, but it may be posttraumatic beginning after a fracture or contusion. Pain is typically triggered by or occurs while sitting. Nonsurgical management, including cushions, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and corticosteroid injections, can be successful in up to 85% of patients. The objective of the study was to show that coccygectomy can be a successful surgical treatment for patients who fail nonoperative treatment. This study is a retrospective analysis of all patients who underwent a coccygectomy performed by one surgeon between the years 2002 and 2008. All patients were asked to complete an Oswestry low back pain disability questionnaire and a visual analog pain scale. The average Oswestry disability score was 25.75%. The average visual analog score was 3.4 cm. Four patients sustained a wound breakdown. The study concluded that for patients with conservative therapy-resistant coccygodynia, operative treatment with coccygectomy is a feasible management option.

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