• I am going to make an appt to have my port cath removed. What is the recovery time? How long can I expect to be off work.

    Asked by unicorn6482 on Thursday, December 27, 2012

    I am going to make an appt to have my port cath removed. What is the recovery time? How long can I expect to be off work.

    I haven't gotten alot of details yet.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Colette's Avatar

      recovery is really fast.....not a big procedure and you heal fast

      over 7 years ago
    • Colette's Avatar

      removing port a cath super easy and you will feel totally fine pretty fast.....good luck
      no time off of work needed

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      My port was removed 12/18. A little sore but no big deal.

      over 7 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      As the others have said, quick and easy. No reason to take time off except for the day of the procedure.

      over 7 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Congratulations! Being "deported" was such a huge milestone and a fantastic sense of relief. I had a love/hate relationship with that thing. Hope to never see one again!

      Piece of cake. Of course getting shot up with the novocaine was painful, but other than that, it was a quick procedure in my doctor's office. I don't even remember, but perhaps there was some tenderness in the area where the incision was stitched up. No big deal compared to everything else. I wouldn't plan on lifting anything heavy for the next 24-48 hours or having a purse or backpack hanging on that side, but other than that, you should be back to your regular lifestyle the next day.

      over 7 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar

      It is quick and easy. No time off of work. You will heal up quick. I had no problems when my was removed. Good Luck!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      Hi Hi unicorn6482,

      You'll discover it is the easiest procedure you will have had after all you had been subjected to during this journey. Had mine removed November 5 after 16 months and I also was apprehensive, but found the staff comforting and uplifting and provided me all details in advance, including the belief that once out it will never need to be reinserted. Was awake during entire procedure, as area was numbed (novocain) and felt only slight tugging and pushing while staff kept up conversation with me during procedure. Before I knew it it was over in about 20 minutes and then a 20 minute recovery - juice and crackers - and then on way home feeling fine and ready for lunch. No after issues, just keep dry for several days. You'll also do great and look back at it as a graduation ceremony, even though it may seem like you also are loosing a dependable friend. But time to move on in a most good way. Steri-strips to cover site, which either will fall off after a week or two or if not, as will me, simply remove. All good. Small scar at site as reminder. Be well, many have been there and all are with you knowing the New Year will trully be a better year. If I can provide further assistance, please do not hesitate. Best, Papabill

      over 7 years ago

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