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Can I get an epidural if I have a tattoo?

Can I get an epidural if I have a tattoo?

Tattoo/epidural: Previously there was concern about going through the tattoo, but this has not turned out to be a proven risk and most anesthesia doctors would give you an epidural inspite of your tattoo. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Will my tattoo prevent me from getting an epidural?

No : An epidural can be placed where a tattoo is. However, if there is an infection in the skin over the epidural site that can be an issue. Be sure to keep your tattoo sites clean and address any concerns about redness early with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I get an epidural in labor with scoliosis?

Can I get an epidural in labor with scoliosis?

Yes: The epidural is going to be more difficult to perform but is possible. Have an experienced anesthesiologist in your medical team. ...Read more

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Can I get an epidural steroid injection if I am allergic to ivp dye?

Yes: Some radiologists use a dye to confirm placement of the steroid injection but this is not mandatory. Just tell them about your allergy and they can perform the injection without any contrast. ...Read more

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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more