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Hong, Lee, Kim, Jeon, Park, and Hong: Coccygectomy for Treatment of Coccygodynia



Coccygodynia is a painful condition localized in the region of the coccyx. Most cases of coccygodynia are treated conservatively. However, we conducted an analysis of patients who underwent coccygectomy, with chronic intractable coccygodynia and assessed the results of their treatment.

Materials and Methods

From March 2003 to August 2013, this study was conducted in order to investigate the benefit of coccygectomy in cases where conservative treatment has failed. We compared preoperative and postoperative visual analog scales (VAS) scores and confirmed duration of symptom free, complications.


The average duration of symptom free was 3.4 months, and VAS score improved from 7.3 to 1.6. There was one wound infection.


We can obtain satisfactory results through coccygectomy for chronic intractable coccygodynia.

Figures and Tables

Figure 1
This photo shows plain radiographs. (A) Preoperative; (B) postoperative.
Figure 2
This photo shows the removed coccyx in the operative room.
Table 1
Summary of Cases

NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Table 2
Summary of Cases

VAS, visual analog scales.


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