My daughter's transplant team advises against piercings and tattoos. Both of my girls have broken the rules about both of these things. They were extra careful. Their tattoos were done by someone that they knew and the person knew of their medical history. I was really upset about it and worried but it turned out to be okay for them. I just don't see why they would want to take the risk of infection. It is a unique experience to be the mother of young adults with health issues. You are always trying to be understanding that they want quality of life. They want to live a normal life like other people of their age and they don't want to be "different". It is a "balancing act" so to speak.
The transplant team in my case are 95% sure that the blood disease that eventually destroyed my liver was transmitted through tattoo work I had done 20+ yrs. ago. I know today these practices have improved, but on the question of getting a tattoo I would say HELL NO. Good Luck, Nick
I got a tattoo and being a nurse I had the place show me their autoclave and individualy wrapped inking needles. They wear glove and use sterile guaze pads. They use sterile tecnique and had mine done over10 years ago. I want to get another small one. Just like surgery and sterile conditions, tattoo places do have strick new rules and guidelines to follow. My doctor knows I want another one and never said anything. I had this done during my first transplant which lasted over 34 years. I definately see no big deal with ear peircing. Tattoos are safer than having a cut on your leg and one is active and plays soccer and slides on the grass with this cut or a wound on an arm or hand and enjoys gardening. We recieved the gift of life to live not to be thrown into a plastic bubble and be a warm body taking up space. Good luck and keep me informed if and when you get your new tattoo.
My first Transplant was in 1972 at the University San Francisco Medical Center and it came from a boy younger than me at the time ( I was 16) killed in a car crash. I was told that it grew old and that they don't last forever. When it was beginning to wear out I was put on Cellcept and this extended the life. My second Tx was at Stanford Medical center in Palo Alto California on 2-14-07 from my husband. We have a new organ of romance...lol.
Take care, Karen
Hey Kids!!! I have my left ear pierced twice during my second transplant which will be 29 next month. I think it is just common sense. You have to take care of it. Keep it clean and such until it heals. I agree with Karen, I have had worst from scraps and scratches and we can't live in a bubble.... I would love to get a tat but I have many warts from side affects of being on some of these meds since I had my first transplant at the age of 15, yes 38 years ago........ Hummmm Maybe I will get my other ear pierced twice?? At 53 people think i'm nuts... (I am) LOL Best wishes to all
I totally agree with your entire statement. I love your ink, I think tattoos are awesome. I currently have 5 and want at least that many more. I've been thinking about a half sleeve also. I'm 9mos post transplantation. My doctor gave me the green light so I'm going to go for it.
Hi there. My name is Tara Maynard. I just joined Transplant Cafe lastnight. I was reading your question about getting tattoos after being transplanted, I will be 10 years post double lung tranpsplant next month. I have had my labrea pierced and I have also gotten 4 tattoos since my transplant. I waited a year afterwards. I asked my transplant teambefore I had it done & they told me it would be ok as long as I went to a professional shop to have it done. I also had to take 2000mg of Amoxicillin 1 hour prior.
I just had permanent eyeliner done on both upper and lower eyelids. The gal used clean equipment and took her time. I have had no trouble at all with it. In fact, this week my liver transplant will be 19 years old. I agree with most of the comments I just read: with anything you do, make sure you keep it clean.
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