Dr. Drew Ordon explains why you need to tell your doctor about any and all body piercings even if they have been removed -- before going under the knife.
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Body Piercings and Surgery Dr. Drew Ordon: If you’d had body piercings years ago, you need to tell your doctor. Even though you may have removed your belly bar or your rings along time ago it leaves scar tissue, there maybe tracks where the piercing was, it maybe a sight of the lingering infection too. So just to give you a little analogy on that if I’m dealing with a part that’s been pierced especially around the belly like a belly ring, scar tissue, the differences is like cutting into an orange which is — that’s tough for me to get that scalpel through there whereas normal tissue like a nice soft peach is going to — Dr. Travis Stork: Go right through. Dr. Drew Ordon: To cut nice and evenly. Dr.Lisa Masterson: So teens should think a couple of times before they go get that belly ring just in case — Dr. Jim Sears: If they’re going to want to tell you that later on, it’s going to make it tough. Dr.Lisa Masterson: Exactly. Dr. Drew Ordon: So again, it’s these little things that you wouldn’t think of. You need to tell your doctor before any elective surgery. Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you Dr. Ordon.