Tail bone surgery

Carol - j.pascoe@sympatico.ca

Posted 2005-05-01

Hi, I am so pleased to know that I am not the only one who had to go through tons of doctors before someone actually believed me when I said I am in unbearable pain. I am now 9 days post op, and am very happy with the results. I had surgery on Friday and was home by Sat. before noon- did the lie down in the back of the truck thing to get home, but it was fine. I also had the "happy button" for morphine and used it the first night, but basically to help me sleep since I couldn't get comfy, but once home I found that if you use pillows or a piece of foam cut to your size, I could sleep on my stomach.

The best thing I did, was get up and start moving as soon as possible. I haven't had to use too many of the pain pills, only when I've done too much. I am doing most things that I did before, but carefully. I found that sitting on a chair with a blanket and leaving the space by your tail bone free has allowed me to sit. I still haven't driven yet, and still find that lying on my side causes my hips to hurt unbearably.

For those going into surgery, one of the best purchases I made was a raised toilet seat, which you can get at most drug stores or medical supply stores. They basically fit on the toilet and bring the seat portion up about 5 inches, it does make a difference when you are recovering from the surgery.

I found that I have a lot of bruising below the incision site, but the incision looks great, and that's from someone who heals very slowly. Has anyone else had a lot of bruising???

I'm adding some photos so that those who are contemplating this can see that they don't cut you up as much as you thought.

This web site is a great comfort and I'll keep you posted on my recovery. Until next time


Carol's surgery 1 Carol's surgery 2 Carol's surgery 3

4 days post surgery

Update, 2009-12-13

It's been 4 years since I had the operation, recovery is slow at first but still the best decision I ever made, I am pain free which is a blessing, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me.


Update, 2012-06-24

Hi, over the years I have received a lot of emails asking me how I am doing now, and whether the surgery was the right option. For me personally, it was the best decision I ever made. Recovery is a long and not always pleasant road. You still have pain, but not the all encompassing pain of a problem tail bone. Today, I don't even think about my tail bone, sure I get aches and pains if I sit too long or drive too long, but I have learned to live with that. I always sit on softer chairs, or if not available, I just get up and walk around for a bit, then resume sitting. The only thing that seems to have cropped up is that I now have Bursitis in my hip, a couple of doctors say it is because of the surgery others say it has nothing to do with the surgery, either way I have a new pain to bother me, but this one is manageable. I don't know if the surgery will cure you but it did help me. There are a couple of things that made my life easier, I bought a piece of foam, the length of my body and used that to lie down on for the first couple of months, it let me lie on my stomach and not be tempted to turn on my side during sleep. I also bought one of those seats with the V cut out in the back to sit on, I used that seat for years, and it kept the pressure off the tail bone area. As mentioned before, the raised toilet seat was a blessing, as I didn't have to bend the whole 90 degrees.

I hope this helps a bit for those of you still in pain, hang in there, try everything, a lot of people have mentioned to me over the years that Chiropractors' and Acupuncturists can help a great deal with pain management. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

My surgeon was Dr Bernard J. Woolford, Scarborough, Ontario (see Doctors and specialists in Canada).


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