Infection Rates after Coccygectomy, per Published Medical Research

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Foye’s book, Tailbone Pain Relief Now!

Chapter 25: Coccygectomy: Surgical Removal of the Tailbone.  Page 197:

“Published research by Dr. Wood (at Harvard Medical School) documented that after coccygectomy as high as 35 percent of patients have postoperative complications including wound problems (infection or persistent drainage). Meanwhile, Dr. Doursounian’s research team in Europe showed that 15 percent of coccygectomy patients required repeat surgery due to infection at the coccygectomy site. That means that more than approximately one out of every six patients requires a repeat surgery due to infection. This is an extremely high complication rate compared with most other elective surgeries.”

  • The publication by Dr. Wood at Harvard was: Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques. 17(6):511-515, Dec 2004.
  • The publication by Dr. Doursounian was: Coccygectomy for instability of the coccyx. Doursounian L, Maigne JY, Faure F, Chatellier G.Int Orthop. 2004 Jun; 28(3):176-9.
Infection after Coccygectomy, Quoting Dr Foye's book, Tailbone Pain Relief Now

Infection after Coccygectomy, Quoting Dr Foye’s book, Tailbone Pain Relief Now!

Note: There are many studies, some with higher or lower rates of success (relief of pain) and some with higher or lower rates of of infection and rates of repeat surgery being needed. This particular online article is not meant to be a list of every study ever published on infection after coccygectomy. Instead, it is explaining the published statistics that Dr. Foye was referring to in that chapter of his book.

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