• Any experiences with tilted ports?

    Asked by ddkk3 on Monday, February 18, 2013

    Any experiences with tilted ports?

    I had my 3rd chemo session on Friday and they found out my port had tilted. The nurses had a lot of trouble figuring out which way it had tilted and how to access it correctly. Obviously, this took a few pokes and it definitely hurt me more than normally.

    So has anyone else's port tilted? Care to share your experience with this? I hope it's not always this troublesome to access my port.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Just for me, I never had that happen. I did have one quit working completely and had to be replaced, but never had it move. I believe mine was attached somehow to my chest muscle, but not for sure how that was done. We did have one lady on the site that had her's move, it slipped down somehow.

      It should be a fairly easy fix, even if they have to do a small incision to fix it.

      Hope you get it fixed, I know they are great to have.

      over 3 years ago
    • bp440's Avatar

      My husband's port is button size and secured into the muscle. The nurses made several comments about his port being small, angled and they struggled to get a good blood return. It made him anxious as he thought he had a bad port. His surgeon helped by explaining how and where it was anchored and recommended that he lean back in the chair, rotate his shoulder toward the chair and take a deep breath (looking forward and not down at his port). This worked for the rest of his therapy. I hope it is as simple for you, but GregP is correct it's easy to fix.

      over 3 years ago
    • trex's Avatar

      ddkk3, unfortunately I too have a tilted port. But, what we do is when time to access it I lay back in the recliner chair and look straight ahead not down, I push my shoulders back into the recliner and then the nurses seem to be able to better access it. Only one time that I remember that one of them had to poke me twice to gain access. Best of luck to you.

      over 3 years ago

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