Coccyx removal

Rachel - rachanne28@yahoo.co.uk

Posted 2006-04-23

I had my coccyx removed on the 31 March 2006, and although I was taking painkillers, I didn't really feel that there was a lot of pain. I was sitting up within a couple of hours - quite gingerly though! One problem which became immediately apparent was that I was unable to pass water, as my muscles were in shock. I therefore had to have a catheter fitted for a day. This did not stop me getting up and about. The physiotherapists had me up and down the stairs on the day following my operation, catheter bag in hand! Once I had moved my bowels, I had the catheter removed and I went from strength to strength. I was discharged from hospital on the 3rd day after the operation.

Unfortunately, a week after the operation, the wound split open, and after a visit to A&E and to clinic, I was readmitted to have the wound restitched under anaesthetic. I was discharged the following day. Since then I have made a steady recovery, and I find that I can sit down for longer periods, and walk for short periods without any problem. I am not really in any pain, although I am finding it difficult to get comfortable at night in bed. I'm sure this will ease with time.

All in all, I am confident that I made the right decision to have my coccyx removed, and would recommend Mr Rao at St James Hospital in Leeds (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, West Yorkshire). He has been very helpful and supportive. I am going to Italy in May and I am now confident that I will be able to travel in (relative) comfort! No looking back!

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