liver transplant and tattoo

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   Posted 2/17/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Eight months ago I had a liver transplant and now I want tohave a tattoo,I want to find out if may be dangerous to me.

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 2/17/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Living Well Marioc,
I don't know for sure if it would have any negative affect on you, but I would consult my hepatolist first just to make sure. I wouldn't think it would but I don't know what they put in the ink. How are your feeling after your transplant? There doesn't seem to be many here who have had one. You're very fortunate. My husband has been on the list since 1/23/07 and last week they found that his tumor has grown too large and also 8 more little tumors have developed. So unless he has a miracle he will be taken back off the list next month after the 2nd confirming CT scan. Hope your doing well. :-) Pink Grandma

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   Posted 2/17/2007 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you,Pinkgrandma to replay.

I am doing well after the transplant,I consulted my coordinator and she said that was ok,but i want to make sure.Before my trasplant i was diagnosed with liver tumors just like your husband,and that was a good thing because i jumped at the top of the list.I wish the same to you.Have hope and pray,pray a lot.I will pray also for you.



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   Posted 2/17/2007 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Marioc, congratulations on your transplant! You are truly fortunate to have had one and to be doing well. As to tattoos and piercings, regardless of liver condition, I believe the major problem is the risk of contracting hep B and C or HIV, and the possibility of infection. I would never consider a tattoo or body piercings (including punches for earrings), as I just do not think it's worth the risk (and I don't like pain.) If your hepatologist says it's okay, please be sure you go to a reputable shop that practices sterile measures. I really hope that you will think seriously about this and decide against it.

Good luck!

Jim's wife
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   Posted 2/18/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   


Congrats on your successful transplant.

But why? Why? Why would you want a tattoo? You should be thinking about everything you can do to keep your body healthy and strong. I'm sorry, but even that you ask the question makes me know that you have doubts. On the one hand a healthy body, on the other hand a tattoo. Is this some life altering tattoo that you need?

I am sorry to come on so strong, but even in a person with a healthy body, I question the need to "decorate" the body. If you feel the need for decoration, go buy some colored hair gel and be red or green or pink on occasion. Or jewelry.

I have breast cancer and have had chemo and radiation. I cannot even have a manicure for the risk of infection. A tattoo?

Edited to add: Be sure to check with your doctor fisrt. Then shop carefully for the right tattoo artist, get good references and check them out, and make sure you ask for a tour of the facilities and an explanation of how they protected their customers from contagion, including seeing the autoclave and making sure they used fresh disposable needles.

You should really consult your doctor, because you probably are on immunosuppressants and might not be a good candidate for a tattoo because of the risk of severe skin infections. A friend of mine is on immunosuppressants, and am not allowed to get any tattoos or piercings, as are all other immunosuppressed patients at the clinic she goes to.

Finally: One other thing for you to consider is that you may need an MRI someday. Some facilities will not do an MRI on a patient with a tattoo unless they get prior permission from their Dr. AND their insurance company. I think the insurance company may be the tricky one there.



Venita and Jim
Wlmington DE
Our breast cancer, liver disease blog

Post Edited (Jim's wife) : 2/18/2007 9:44:46 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/18/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
  • Thank you to all of you,I decided not to have a tattoo.
  • I love you all.
  • yeah

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   Posted 2/19/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi , which state are you in ? my husband & I own 6 tattoo studios , we both have hep c, not from tattoos, getting a tattoo can be safe . but if you are in a shop and the tattooers are only interested in getting your money ,you can get in trouble.  floridagirl nono

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   Posted 2/20/2007 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Marioc, we love you, too.  You are a survivor!  Thanks for deciding against the tattoo.   :-)

Mad Doc
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   Posted 1/28/2014 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Just curious what part of FL you reside in. I'm in JAX and 6 years post Liver Xplant. Served in both the Navy & Army and never had a tat done.

Think I've finally talked my TC into it!

both the Navy & Army seals over my heart with wording underneath to read:
"Patriotic Before it Was Cool!"

Then on R Bicep the Rumpleminz Girl in Brass Bikini Armor astride a polar bear with her sword raised.

Curious on what you think.
Remember writing and love are
the socially acceptable forms
of schizophrenia.

Mae be here
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   Posted 1/28/2014 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Mad Doc, you picked up on an old post here, not sure your will get any response from those members.

So glad that you are doing well 6 years out, congrats!

I''m of the "why fix it if it ain't broke" persuasion, but to each his own. May sure you check with your hep doc and by all means check out the tattoo parlor carefully.


"I don't like to make plans in advance because then the word 'premeditated' gets bandied about in the courtroom"

Caregiver for brother's liver transplant
Blessedly rec'd liver 1/13/2013 at Mayo Clinic, FL
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