30 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Epidural anaesthesia is commonly used to relieve pain during childbirth. However, going through this procedure during childbirth its own risks and side effects. There are many myths about it as well and one of them is how a back tattoo can affect administering an epidural injection. Can you have an epidural injection if you have a back tattoo? Here’s all that you need to know.
It is a common anaesthetic used to relieve pain during labour. Given in the form of epidural injection in the back to numb any feeling in the lower half of your body. Hence, it helps to lessen the pain of contractions one experiences during childbirth.
The epidural injection is given to you by a medical expert either in the beginning, middle, or end of your labour. A lower back tattoo won’t necessarily prevent you from having an epidural, a common type of anaesthesia, during labour. However, some exceptions would be if the tattoo is-
If you have a lower back tattoo and plan to go for an epidural during labour, the doctor will usually try to insert the needle through the area of the skin that doesn’t have the tattoo. It could be an open area in the design of the tattoo. If possible, the doctor might choose a different area in your lower back.
If that isn’t possible, the anesthesiologist might make a small prick on your skin before inserting the needle. This helps to reduce the risk that’s linked with trapping tattoo pigment inside the needle. It also prevents the risk of depositing the pigment into deeper tissues.
Placing a needle right through the tattoo might lead to a small scar that could change the appearance of the tattoo.
Here are some side effects of using an epidural.
If you’re concerned about the factors associated with getting an epidural injection if you have a lower back tattoo, consult your doctor about other labour pain management options. The doctor may suggest relaxation exercises, breathing techniques or injected medications and more.
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