Tattoo post surgery?
January 25, 2013 8:26 AM Subscribe
I recently had reconstructive surgery on my leg. How long should I wait before I get a tattoo, or should I ever?
posted by bluloo to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I had a parosteal osteosarcoma removed from my femur in October. Because they had to take out part of the bone to do so, I was the recipient of an allograft (yay for being part zombie!) At this point, I'm mostly healed, although from what I understand, it can take 2-3 years for the donor bone to incorporate into the existing bone.
So, I'd like to get a tattoo. The location would be on my left foot, so not on top of the scar or anything. When I asked my surgeon, I think he thought I meant directly on top of the site, and said that there was a risk of infection, and he wouldn't recommend it. But he also said he hadn't read any literature about it, so he wasn't sure. So Mefites, how risky is it? Should I bother at all? Would it be safer if I waited some amount of time?