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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about coccygectomy?

Coccygectomy is surgery to remove an unstable, dislocated, or broken coccyx (tailbone) after an injury.

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

You will lie face down with your hips and knees slightly bent. An incision will be made over your tailbone. Your surgeon will remove all or part of your tailbone. Nearby blood vessels, nerves, and ligaments will be checked and repaired if they are damaged. A drain may be placed to remove fluids from the area. The incision will be closed with stitches.

What should I expect after surgery?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.

What are the risks of a coccygectomy?

You could have trouble breathing, bleed more than expected, or get an infection. You may need to have surgery done again if you get an infection. Nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, muscles, and bones may be damaged during surgery. After surgery, you may have tingling or numbness in the area where surgery was done. You may still have pain or have trouble going back to your usual activities, including sports. You may get a life-threatening blood clot.

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