Coccyx removal treatment for Chordoma

Coccyx removal or coccygectomy is an operation that is carried out to remove the coccyx otherwise known as the tail bone. This is most commonly performed for coccydynia, otherwise known as pain of the coccyx that has persisted despite trying all other treatments. This pain (coccydynia) can on rare occasions be caused by chordoma in which case a coccygectomy (removal of the coccyx) may be performed to remove the tumour.

However, a chordoma in the coccyx may have grown into the adjacent bones and therefore a larger operation may be required to remove all of the tumour; the precise operation should be taken by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

This information is provided for general guidance only and is not intended to be a substitute for specialist and professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is crucial to seek the advice of your GP, oncologist or other medical specialist with any questions you may have regarding your concerns and/or medical care. Contact us to find out more.

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