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Will my tattoo prevent me from getting an epidural?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Megan Bird
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Stacie Macdonald
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

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In brief: No

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Dr. Stacie Macdonald
Dr. Stacie Macdonald
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Dr. John Byron
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No.

This should have little bearing on obtaining an epidural.

In brief: No.

This should have little bearing on obtaining an epidural.
Dr. John Byron
Dr. John Byron
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Depends on the anesthesia provider. Most anesthesiologists prefer not to go through a tatoo to place an epidural but most can usually find away around it.
It is possible depending on the tatoo location that they would not be able to place an epidural safely.

In brief: Possibly

Depends on the anesthesia provider. Most anesthesiologists prefer not to go through a tatoo to place an epidural but most can usually find away around it.
It is possible depending on the tatoo location that they would not be able to place an epidural safely.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Marc Abramson
Anesthesiology

In brief: Possibly

If your tattoo is in the area where the epidural is to be placed and it is new with open skin them there will be no epidural.
It the area is infected then there will be no tattoo.

In brief: Possibly

If your tattoo is in the area where the epidural is to be placed and it is new with open skin them there will be no epidural.
It the area is infected then there will be no tattoo.
Dr. Marc Abramson
Dr. Marc Abramson
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