• Does port placement hurt?

    Asked by dbain1990 on Monday, July 16, 2012

    Does port placement hurt?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had two put in. Both were done under local anesthesia, no problems with the placement. The first one stopped working and had to have another put in the other shoulder,chest area. I kept it for 15 years, wouldn't let them take it out. The only problem I ever had was I would forget it was there, and lean up against a wall or door frame or something like that, then it would hurt when it got pressed on. Other than that, it's the greatest thing. Good luck in your treatments

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No, since it is done anesthesia. Some people experience a day or two of slight soreness once the anesthesia wears off. Depending on placement, some people may also experience some minor discomfort from things like the shoulder strap of a seat belt.

      over 4 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      Placement is done under local anesthesia. I had no soreness.... it takes a while to get used to it being there. Seatbelts and bra straps can be a little uncomfortable.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      You'll be a little sore after placement. I took Tylenol during day and something stronger for first few nights. Regarding shoulder straps in cars, I used a small, very soft pillow and placed it between the port and the shoulder strap. Just keep it in the car and use especially when you're in the passenger seat.

      over 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I slept through the whole port placement last October. The only problem I have now is like Beaner54 said: seatbelts and bra straps! Good tip from Ivy about the seatbelt and pillow. It is so nice not having to be poked all the time! There is a little pinch when you get accessed, but then it is over. I'm very glad I have it and that it still works. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      As with any procedure or medical treatment, every one is different.

      Personally, I had a love-hate relationship with my port. I am so happy I had it. I wouldn't have been able to have my chemo without one, but I was still so happy when I didn't have to have needle-sticks for each blood-draw and chemo treatment.

      However, I had a very difficult time with my placement. I may have been the rare case, but my surgeon told me I had "funky anatomy" and he had a very difficult time getting it in. I was very sore and then the insertion site got infected when the stitches didn't dissolve.

      So I would plan to keep the next day or so free in case you are sore. Hopefully, you'll have an easy time and will just need a Tylenol, but I wouldn't plan to do any cleaning, physical lifting or activity like tennis for a couple of days.

      over 4 years ago
    • IKandy's Avatar

      No The placement doesn't hurt. I was awake while mine was being done, Just numbed me and gave me something like a happy juice..
      I was a little freaked out because it was like a whole surgery thing.... And had never had any type of surgery at all.
      My question is that mine is almost 2 weeks old and it's still sore at time's. Depending on how I move. That was the question I was trying to find out.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for your question. I hope all is well.

      If any of you are seeking information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two pieces of content you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide on Chemo Ports

      Blog Article - To port or not to port? - WhatNexters Weigh in On Chemo Ports

      Thank you for supporting one another!

      about 3 years ago

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