Coccygectomy for coccygodynia: do we really have to wait?

Injury. 2007 Oct;38(10):1183-8. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2007.01.022. Epub 2007 Apr 6.


Aim: To determine the results of 21 cases of persistent coccygodynia unresponsive to conservative management and treated with coccygectomy.

Methods: Of 81 patients with coccygodynia, 21 underwent surgical excision of the coccyx with a minimum 5 days of antibiotic prophylaxis. All 21 patients were followed for at least 2 years and questioned about their satisfaction with the operation and its timing. Pain levels were recorded preoperatively and during the postoperative period using the VAS scale.

Results: The mean VAS score was 51.88 (40-70), and this decreased to 3.17, 2.94 and 2.76 in the 6th, 12th and 24th months, respectively. This change was statistically significant. Of the 21 cases, 17 had an excellent result and 4 had a good result. None had a wound healing problem or infection. All were satisfied with the operation, and all stated that they would have liked to have undergone it sooner.

Conclusion: For unstable coccygeal fracture and persistent coccygodynia, coccygectomy is a reliable method of treatment with a high satisfaction and a low complication rate.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Coccyx / injuries
  • Coccyx / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology
  • Low Back Pain / prevention & control
  • Low Back Pain / surgery*
  • Male
  • Pain, Postoperative
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Treatment Outcome