If you’ve been feeling pain in your tailbone region for an extended period of time, the first thing you should do is schedule a consultation with a specialist. The first thing any good spine specialist will recommend is non-surgical treatment. They’ll probably recommend you visit a physical therapist who can work on that area of your spine and strengthen the muscles there. He can also provide you with exercises to do and recommend ways for you to modify your activity in an attempt to lessen the pain.
Your spine specialist may also attempt steroid injections and medication to help alleviate, or at least control, the pain. The one thing she will do is exhaust every possible option before resorting to surgery. If nothing else works, then she’ll recommend surgery. The only surgery to help with this particular condition is the complete or partial removal of the coccyx – coccyx removal surgery.
That sounds a little scary. So here’s what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Before the Coccyx Removal Surgery
Before surgery, you want to make sure to pick a doctor you’re comfortable working with. You’ll be working with him and his team for a while. Also, some doctors will recommend removing a part of the coccyx while others will recommend removing the entire thing. You should speak with a specialist on both sides and hear the pros and cons of each method directly from a professional – and decide which is best for you. Find the doctor with the most experience in performing this surgery that you, or your insurance, can afford – as it is a relatively rare procedure to perform. Finally, make sure your doctor performs a complete examination to first determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
During the Coccyx Removal Surgery
The surgery itself is relatively quick and easy – when compared to other spinal surgeries performed by trained professionals. It takes about thirty minutes. A two-inch incision will be made to gain access to the coccyx. Anything necessary will be removed from the coccyx and it will then be separated from your skeleton and removed.
After the Coccyx Removal Surgery
This is the longest – and most difficult – part of the surgery process. It will be mentally frustrating because, after the surgery, you’ll likely still feel the same symptoms you did before the surgery. So why did you waste all that time and money – just to buy a fancy new scar you can use to show off your toughness? No, it’s just an unfortunate fact. While your body is healing from this procedure, you’ll still feel for the symptoms for months – maybe even a year.
So there you have it – the before, during, and after. Not that being a little more educated will alleviate any fear – but at least you know a bit more about what you’re getting into. Choose the right doctor and make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure. And be ready to be patient after the surgery. That’s what you’ll be in store for.