The umbilical cord is a source of stem cells used for stem cell transplants. The 10% fatality rate in this treatment makes it too risky for patients to undergo.
Fungal infections of the nails are not uncommon in lupus. This can be as a result of a compromised immune system, and they also can occur as a side-effect of the drugs the patient may be taking. Specific antifungal treatment is indicated as treatment.
There is no real reason why you cannot have semi-permanent make-up applied. The risk to your health would be if you suffer from skin manifestations associated to your lupus. It may be advisable to have a skin test first to see if you react.
Terrible! I strongly advise against this.
This is a difficult question to answer. Saline implants are probably fine, but he is still wary of silicone implants even though the Department of Health said officially that there is no link with lupus disorders. It remains to be seen whether the PIP implants may be associated with SLE or scleroderma as they used non-medical grade silicone.
Cataract surgery results in lupus patients is usually excellent. You should obviously tell your surgeon what drugs you are taking particularly if you are on anticoagulants. Otherwise this is a low risk procedure.