• Has anyone ever had a double lumen port put into their body?? My finance is getting ready for IL2 treatment. What to expect??

    Asked by createdone on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    Has anyone ever had a double lumen port put into their body?? My finance is getting ready for IL2 treatment. What to expect??

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      Ports are small devices implanted subcutaneously to provide access to to infuse drugs and draw blood for testing. A dual port has 2 lines and can accommodate 2 different infusions simultaneously. I had a port for over a year. It was put in at the same time I had tissue excised for biopsy. It was an outpatient procedure and, and other than having a bit of a hangover from the anesthesia, I had no problems or pain during or after the procedure.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I have one. Had it put in by interventional radiologist, on an outpatient basis, under conscious sedation. The procedure and recovery went well, other than the fact that I was a nervous wreck before the procedure. Afterwards, not supposed to lift arm on that side for a week or so (forget exactly.) It's comfortable except when I'm driving and the seatbelt rubs on it. A padded seatbelt cover helps with this. Really, really glad I have it. Makes chemo infusions, blood draws, etc. a piece of cake. Well worth the trouble of getting it installed.

      over 7 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      yes....I had one for a while for my bio chemotherapy treatments. I needed to have constant hydration for my treatment. One side for meds and one side for hydration. Be sure to ask for a numbing gell to put on the port before treatments and flushing. IL2 made me shake a lot....it also causes a fever, which had me on a 2 tylenol every 4 hours. This was all done in the hospital under medical supervision. All my best to you!

      over 7 years ago
    • Susan_Steel's Avatar

      I waited 5 yrs to get that same port...so dumb of me. Mine is great & saves tremendous pain. Keep it clean & get it flushed once a month even if you are not using it.

      over 7 years ago
    • Terry15's Avatar

      Had a double picc line first and had that removed a month after getting out of hospital and had a single port put in my chest. Picc line is high maintainance (flushing AM and PM, wrapping in plastic before showering) so port is easier. No pain other that XXX of needle when accessing it to flush, for blood work and chemo. Some people "feel" the port all the times and some aren't even aware of it. Surgery was easy. In and out of surgery in an hour....four hours total for prep and recovery. Good luck!

      over 7 years ago

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