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A Coccygectomy is performed due to the extreme pain (coccydynia) experienced by the patient when the tailbone has been fractured. The coccygectomy procedure involves the removal of part of the coccyx, also known as the tailbone. Because the tailbone has a difficult time healing itself once fractured, some patients will never heal without surgical intervention (a coccygectomy).

The surgery is minimally invasive and takes around one hour, with a relatively quick recovery time. Patients are able to return to work within a few days.