Hi. My name is Kim and I suffered with severe coccyx pain for almost a year after a fall on a hardwood floor. After seeing a doctor who prescribed some medications and a "donut" to sit on for a few weeks, I was finally referred to an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Charles Vavrin, prescribed some stronger medications and then referred me to a physical therapist for manual manipulation. (for those of you that don't know what that is... it's not very pleasant, but I was willing to try anything!)
After several weeks of manipulation, the therapist informed Dr. Vavrin that it wasn't budging. Relieved that this invasion was over, we then tried cortisone shots, which did help for a while but the pain always returned. Finally, Dr. Vavrin suggested the surgery. He told me it isn't done frequently and isn't always successful but it had brought almost complete relief to some of his patients. I agreed without almost any hesitation. I was so tired of not being able to sit for more than 10 minutes at a time. I wanted to sit through an entire movie and stay seated at church longer than to merely pray for relief!
Dr. Vavrin preformed my surgery at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1997. It was a day surgery and I was home by 4:00 that afternoon. I was in quite a bit of pain through the Thanksgiving holiday but was equipped with some pretty good drugs. I returned to work on the following Tuesday still in much pain and wondering if it was worth it. It was!! The most difficult part was how long it took to fully recover. I was still having pain 2-3 months afterwards, but nothing like I was feeling before the surgery.
I am fortunate to be one of the success stories and would recommend the surgery to anyone that has dealt with coccyx pain. If your in the area, may I suggest Dr. Vavrin. He is very good and has a great sense of humor (if that's important to you). Three years later, I am still pain-free and have no regrets.
To make a long story even longer, I actually found this site because a close friend of mine fell on the arm of a chair and thinks she might have injured her coccyx and I was trying to get some information on what to do until she can get into see her doctor. Hopefully she will heal quickly and wont have a story to share!!