• Have you ever had a MediPort that stopped working?

    Asked by cancervivor on Monday, November 26, 2012

    Have you ever had a MediPort that stopped working?

    My first MediPort worked great for about a month, then it wouldn't draw. It was removed and another put in during the same operation. I was curious how often this happens.
    How has your's been?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Towards the end of my treatment, they could flush my port but couldn't get any blood return. The knew it was working just because they could get the medicine in. They would fill the port with some type of medicine that was supposed to clean it out and typically about an hour later, we were back in service.

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I had my first port essentialy vome oout of my skin (the skin split over the port and it quickly becams in fected) while my wife and I were at Disneyland on a break from chemo. The two ports I have had since then have ionce in a while been cranky like Tickling's. the stuff the use to clear it out is called TPM by ny chemo nurses> Like Tickling said it takes aboutr an hour and then the port draws fine. I have also don the port dance, changing positions, to get it to draw properly. In the future you can try these if the port does not draw. All much easier to do than port replacement surgery.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had that problem a couple of times but there is a medication (forget what it is called) that they put through it to clear it. Worked like a charm and haven't had any problems with it since.

      over 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      My dad didn't have a port. But he had small drain tubes from his liver. When they stopped working, I learned that they used something called Cathflo to help clear it out. Maybe that's what Nancy is talking about. http://www.cathflo.com/home/index.jsp

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had two issues with blood draws, but they were resolved. I never had a problem with an infusion or blood transfusion.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Yes Freebird, Cathflo is what they used on my port.

      Peroll...I remember the port dance. Bend over, cough real loud, put your arms above your head, lay back in the chair. Oh the memories!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I am 9 weeks--half way--through the worst part of my chemo and am already on my second port. The first one stuck out a bit from the surface of my skin and often wouldn't draw blood. They used that stuff to clean it out, but with limited results. Then one day I fell down on that side (I'm the graceful type) and I think I must have dislodged the first port (round part) from the tube. The round part was "floating" around in my chest wall until I got it replaced a week later. This port seems to be OK--but wish me luck. It seems I am often an "unusual" patient with chemo--necessitating extra surgery/help to accomplish what many can tolerate more easily! That sounds like me--I'm a natural-born "trouble maker"!

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My port quit working along the way, seemed like everytime they wanted to draw it wouldn't work. I don't know the correct spelling but the drug they put into it to clean it out, we joked that it was Draino, but it was UroKinase, or some phonic spelling of that.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lottiestuff's Avatar

      I have had my port since last February. My veins for chemo got bad and needed the port. If I had known how easy it was to use the port for all of the bloodwork, I would have asked for one sooner. I finished chemo in late April but still go back for checks and they flush the port and draw blood. My doctor said not to be in a hurry to have it removed so don't know how long I will have it. I have had no problems with the port so far.

      over 8 years ago
    • tess8278's Avatar

      sorry you are having problems with your port. I have had mine for almost 17 months and love having it for bloodwork because my veins are terrible. I have had slow returns where I will have to take deep breaths or cough then it usually is okay. It has started to shift some but I am hopeful since I have been in remission 3 months that it will be out soon. Best of luck to you.

      over 8 years ago
    • Kitsaplakegirl's Avatar

      I have a power port, I assume it's basically same thing. I couldn't wait to get rid if the chemo bag and pump,but that port cost me some major coin and I'm getting my money's worth-2 1/2 yrs now. I'm thinking of losing it so I won't have to see my Doc every two months for a flush. I hope it easier and cheaper to remove than to install? dw

      over 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      If you are looking for more information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two articles you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide to Chemo Ports

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

      Hope all is well,

      almost 8 years ago

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