I got my port after six chemos- and was having trouble with veins! Everyone told me that it was a price of cake.. So I was caught off guard with uncomfortable feeling if it. . Hahahaha I made it thru lumpectomy and node dissection with Tylenol so thought it would be fine. I guess it depends where they put it.. Mine was put in above boob on left with tube going up to vein in neck. I needed Tylenol right away. For a couple of weeks I had to sleep on my back almost upright on pillows. It hurt to turn my head left.
If anything touched it sent me into a tizzy- seat belt,... The first time they used it didn't work, so they turned me upside down and cleared it... Worked ! AND after about a month it was just fine. I use cream before treatment and it does not hurt to access it. It does look bruised after access. I also got allergic to tape they use. I will have it until June of 2014 for herceptin. It is another hurdle to jump- but worth it !!! And do remember everyone's experience is different.
My port was inserted during an out patient procedure. Once I was taken to surgery I was in recovery less than an hour later. I had very little discomfort and did not need any pain medication. I barely notice it is there and it sure makes chemo access easy. There is some bruising at the access site for few days afterward but otherwise not so bad. I hope all goes well for you.1
The first few nights I wasn't able to sleep on it but didn't have any issues with it. I was told when I had it put in it should stay in for a minimum of a year in case they need it for something, it's just a matter of going in once chemo. is done and have it flushed every so often (in my case every 6 weeks). The first thing my new oncologist said was; "you're done with chemo. the port can come out". I thought no way as that would be a minor surgery again and I'm not ready to do that right now. The only thing that really bothered me for the first 24 hours was the dressing they put on the incisions as I'm allergic to adhesives and it was really getting irriated from that but not the port itself.1
Just had port put in Tuesday. 1 small incision , no stitches. Just glued skin,no dressings even.just a little sore Tuesday. At hospital 3 hours total. Going back to work Thursday . Ready for chemo Monday!!1
I had mine done with my mastectomy. So no help there. But, I have had mine now for 17 months. I don't even know it's there. Now that I am done with treatment, I have to get it flushed every month until I have it removed. Prayers to you.1
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