Slow recovery from surgery, but now virtually pain-free

Dan - dlsy626@frontiernet.net

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to share my experience with anyone who is suffering from tailbone pain.

About 25 years ago, I broke my tailbone in a horse riding accident. To make a long story short, the horse bolted, I held on, the horse stopped suddenly, I flew up out of the saddle only as far as the stirrups would let me and came crashing back down on the horn of the saddle. I concluded that it wasn't a good day! Needless to say, I broke my tailbone, but I was young enough, that I healed pretty much pain free for the next 20 years.

When they say your body goes to hell when you're 40.............they mean it! :) I hadn't been to a Dr. since the accident happened and I never had a clue that there was a procedure to have it removed. So after much decision alternative anti-inflamatory meds, I decided to take the plunge and have my tailbone removed.

Make sure if you decide to have it done to choose a Dr. who is very familiar with the procedure. With it being so close to the colon, meticulous care is needed for this surgery. My surgery was performed by Dr. Calvin Atwell of Muscatine, Iowa [note: Dr Atwell no longer performs this operation]. I was in and out of the hospital in about a half a day. The car ride home was interesting as the pain was quite excruciating.

He told me the recovery time was anywhere from 8-12 months. And he wasn't lying. My surgery was the day after Christmas in 2003. The recovery time was every bit as long as he said, but I am virtually pain free and can sit, run, ride 4 wheelers and everything I used to be able to do! But I haven't gotten on a horse since my surgery. I don't know if there is a surgery to remove saddle horns from where they don't belong!

Feel free to email me with any questions you may have. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a second!

Updated 2005-10-23

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