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Im having my tonsils out in april and have a tattoo on the lower left side of my back. Does my ENT or anesthesiologist need to know?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No one needs to know

When you come in for surgery, you put on a hospital gown.
No one needs to see the lower left side of your back. The anesthesiologist may want to listen to your lungs, but you don't have to uncover much. Wear cotton underwear and it should be ok to leave it on. If you are embarrassed about the tattoo, consider having it removed by laser.

In brief: No one needs to know

When you come in for surgery, you put on a hospital gown.
No one needs to see the lower left side of your back. The anesthesiologist may want to listen to your lungs, but you don't have to uncover much. Wear cotton underwear and it should be ok to leave it on. If you are embarrassed about the tattoo, consider having it removed by laser.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Bradford Romans
Tattoo's are a risk factor for hepatitis B,C,and HIV.Let your primary care doctor know of them.
Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No.

In brief: No

No.
Dr. David Sherer
Dr. David Sherer
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Dr. Julian Goldman
An old tattoo doesn't matter. You should mention if you have a fresh tattoo and your skin isn't intact.
Dr. Brian Nichol
Anesthesiology

In brief: No

It have no effect on your anesthesia or surgery.

In brief: No

It have no effect on your anesthesia or surgery.
Dr. Brian Nichol
Dr. Brian Nichol
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