Coccygectomy for the treatment of therapy-resistant coccygodynia

J Surg Orthop Adv. Fall 2009;18(3):147-9.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Coccyx / surgery*
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / rehabilitation
  • Low Back Pain / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods
  • Orthopedic Procedures / rehabilitation*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sacrococcygeal Region