Coccygetomy

Jonathan R. Mason, M.D.

 

  • You will be discharged 2-3 hours after surgery.  Plan to have someone drive you home.
  • A prescription for pain medications will be given for you to go home with.  If you need a refill, please call your pharmacy or our office
  • Remove your dressing tomorrow and leave the incision open to the air.  You will have dermabond or "glue type dressing" do not remove the glue.
  • You may shower without any dressing on.  Pat the area dry. Do not submerge your incision in water such as hot tubs, bath tubs, pools, etc...for 6 weeks.
  • Be sure to get up and take short walks 4 times per day to help avoid developing a blood clot in your legs.
  • Be sure to maintain a healthy bowel regimen while on pain medications.  Opiods tend to cause constipation.  Use over the counter stool softeners and gentle laxatives to maintain regular bowel habits.
  • Call the office to report any fever greater than 101.5, progressively worsening pain that is not controlled with oral pain medications, drainage from your incision site, new bowel/bladder incontinence.
  • Avoid direct pressure on sacral / coccyx area.
  • If there are any questions, please call the office for further instructions:

757-827-2317 from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.  After hours or on weekends for emergency call: 757-220-4493.