So very glad I got this surgery

Dan, USA -

Posted 2015-07-12

I first started feeling pain that I couldn't ignore about 2 1/2 years ago. It took a long time for us to discover that a source of some of my pain was from my coccyx. I had low back pain and hip pain. It turns out that I have Femoral Acetabular Impingement, but the Military surgeon has told me that even if I have a torn Labrum etc that they can't refer me to a specialist until I have another 3 months of Physical Therapy..... even though laberal tears are only made worse from Physical therapy..... I am telling you this soap box story because the doctors didn't take my Coccyx pain serious because they were too focused on my other pain. It took 2 years for me to get referred to a competent surgeon. That great surgeon was Dr. Jon Hain (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, Nebraska).

I went to see Dr. Hain about my tailbone problem and he looked at the MRI images instead of reading what the radiologist wrote (every MRI I have had, has had a report attached that missed basically anything that specialists have seen). Because of this Dr. Hain saw more than just the inflammation around the Coccyx that the radiologist saw, but also thought there might be a dislocation. So he sent me to another doc for pain injections. This doctor was Dr. James Devney (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, Nebraska).

He is a great doctor. He cares for his patients and is willing to sacrifice his own time and pocketbook to meet his patients needs. I do have to say that because he is willing to spend so much time with each patient, he consistently runs behind schedule. I think this has to do with the new Obamacare 20 min appointment limits, but even when he sees you he will take as much time as you need to get the treatment plan that fits your plan.... So if you see Dr. Deveny don't be surprised if you wait a long time, but know you are getting a competent doctor who cares for your needs. Dr. Devney gave me a tailbone injection that worked very well for the pain but didn't last long at all. My shot maybe lasted 3 weeks. So based on this Dr. Devney referred me back to Dr. Hain.

Dr. Hain saw me and told me my options and I told him I was ready to have my tailbone removed. So we set up an appointment and I had my tailbone taken out on 12 June 2015. Before I talk about the surgery I would like to share my impression of Dr. Hain. Dr. Hain seems to be more reserved than Dr. Devney. When I saw Dr. Hain I felt like he was a professional with good customer service (medical customers). His staff is nice and polite and his physicians assistant is also kind. I wouldn't call Dr. Hain outgoing, but I did like him personally. He is kind yet to the point. I can tell that he cares for his patients and is very knowledgeable about his field. I think I would describe Dr. Hain as a man who separates his medical practice from his personal affairs very well. All in all there is only good things I can say about his office. That is enough about Dr. Hain personally, I will go into the surgery now.

I had a coccygectomy on 12 June 2015.

Day 1-surgery day

My only preparation requirements was to make sure I used anti-bacterial soap on my whole body that morning and the night before. So the on the day of the surgery, I showered and then showed up to the hospital at 0530 and the surgery wasn't scheduled until 0730. When I was brought to the back I changed and wiped down my body with those sticky disinfectant wipes. Then the nurse hooked up my IV and after a while I met the anesthesiologist and was informed about some of my post operating instructions, and expectation. I then met Dr. Hain again and he asked if I had any more questions about the surgery. He had answered some questions previously but I told him I was pretty well inform.... thanks to this site....

On a side note, the nurse that was with me told me after Dr. Hain left that she really admired him. She said he was a great surgeon, and as far as she could tell a great father at the same time.

Soon after that the anesthesiologist came back and drugged me a bit... I told my wife to kiss me before I forgot to ask, then they took me back and knocked me out.

After Surgery

The surgery took about 2 hours. Not that long. And I woke up on my side back in the room I started out in. They told me every went well and that the Dr. had spoken with my wife. They doubled stitched my incision with dissolvable stitches, then they glued over that. After the surgery I kept falling asleep and waking up. The nurses kept waking me up because my O2 levels dropped every time I fell asleep. It turns out my Uvula was stretched out by the anesthesiologist, this was causing me to spot breathing periodically while sleeping, and then I would jerk awake. after the drugs in the IV wore out I did have pretty good pain. I stayed probably another 3+ hours after surgery trying to go the bathroom. I finally was able to go a little, but still had trouble the rest of the day. I eventually was able to empty out at home that night, about 8 hours after I left the hospital. So I left the hospital about 3 pm and laid on my side in the back seat of the car for my ride home.

My wife told me that Dr. Hain said the surgery went well and they found out that the abscess over my tailbone was causing chronic infection around my tailbone. These infections over the years caused my tailbone to become soft, and my wife thinks he even said my tailbone was mushy. He also found a small cyst that he also removed. Although my pain was greater I was still hopeful that this surgery would be very successful.

Week 1

Pretty much this whole week I was laying down on my side. There was a pretty good amount of pain this whole week. I was taking the vicodin regularly along with the stool softener and the antibiotics. The first day and a half If I wasn't so stubborn I could have used help getting up, but I was able to do everything I needed, as long as I was slow and took little steps. The only thing I couldn't do was change my dressings. I had my wife change the bandage at the end of day 2 and day 4. After the first few days my recovery was very quick. I was walking when I needed but I still had enough pain to want to lay down regularly.

Week 2

This is the most difficult week. At the beginning of this week the glue fell of the incision, and the Dr. told me just to keep the area dry. So I kept a bit of paper towel or something in there. The pain isn't too bad. I was only taking vicodin as necessary. So as not to get addicted to the stuff. I only took 3.5 mg (half a pill) whenever I felt really bad. But because the pain want' bad and was controllable while laying down, I got restless easy. So I would get up and try and do something small, and it would cause pain and I would lay down again. Then soon after I would get restless again and get up and then hurt and lay down. This was the cycle for the whole week. Standing and laying was just fine this week. Standing was actually better now then it was before the surgery.

Week 3

The incision looked good, no infection or swelling. I feel like I am able to do most things. Sitting still hurts a bit, but it is bearable for a short time. The issue is that because I feel like I can do most things I have over done it a bit. I would feel some sharp pain if I high-stepped onto something. Or if I sit too long. I think it is a good idea to not sit long and still take it fairly easy.

After week 3

2 days into week 4 and I tripped and caught myself with my leg, but it was a pretty close to the splits. I felt a good amount of pain in the incision. and when I inspected the incision it looks like the top stitch tore. So I have a bit of pain now and can sit as well as before. I just called the Dr. to see if he has special instructions for me and I wrote this story while I am waiting.


I am so very glad I got this surgery. After years of doctors not taking my pain seriously I am very glad that I found Dr. Hain. I would recommend this doctor to anyone with chronic tailbone pain. Even though I have a little pain now before I re-injured myself the tailbone pain was almost non-existent when standing, and close to being better than the pain I had before the surgery. I think a few more weeks and I will be golden.


Update, 2018-05-13

It is now 3 years after my coccyx removal. I do not think about tailbone pain anymore. I don't shift in my seat ever and I don't pick different chairs based on hardness. I have some back problems so I am still particular about my seating, but my tailbone has nothing to do with my choices anymore.

It took about 6 months after surgery to be mostly comfortable with seating and it about 1 year after surgery that I had realized that I hadn't thought about tailbone pain for a long time.

As for Dr. Hain. He has moved offices since my last surgery. He is now at Nebraska Spine Hospital. I still recommend him. In fact I recommend him so much that I had him perform another surgery for me. He did a 2 level disc replacement in my neck. I have had great success with that as well. The FDA only allowed 2 levels but I could have used a third. Despite that I am pretty much 90% improved in my neck, with no noticeable reduction in mobility. Things are have gone so well after this surgery that the U.S. Air Force still allowed me to be on active flying status after the surgery (I am the first test case after a 2 level disc replacement). I don't foresee any problems.

In short, life after a tailbone removal is great.

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