• I had a mediport put in 3 days ago. It is still very sore and it burns. The skin has been red but it seems to be a little better today.

    Asked by Juli on Saturday, October 27, 2012

    I had a mediport put in 3 days ago. It is still very sore and it burns. The skin has been red but it seems to be a little better today.

    Has anyone else had this reaction? Is this normal and will it subside without further intervention. How long does it take before it doesn't hurt and burn?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      Hi Juli,
      Ouch!
      Expect it to be touchy for about a week, and then gradually lessen. You might want to try some ice on it. However, if the redness continues or the soreness does not lessen, CALL your care provider immediately and do not talk yourself out of it. Better to be cautious than end up with an infection. If you start running a fever, call.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      It is not uncommon for there to be soreness. But if it is red and hot, you may have an infection. If you have concerns, call your health care provider.

      almost 5 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      Mine does not burn but still feels tender. I got it in March.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar
      Charlieb

      I think I was very fortunate because they put my port in my chest. Froedtert Hospital now feels that is the best place for it. Within 1 day I forgot I had the thing in me. If it is in your arm, don't use arm for a couple of days. Cool compress will help with the pain, but if it stays red make sure you have it looked at. Like everything else with cancer, reactions very to having ports put in.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Heather's Avatar
      Heather

      Mine was sore for about a week and after 3 months it's still uncomfortable! Ice and pain meds but yes call your doctor if it doesn't get better. Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar
      liznparadise

      Yes it will be sore. My surgeon warned me that for being small, it does hurt more than one might expect. It does get better with time. I was surprised at how sore it was when it was removed, hut again it gets better with time.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar
      Onoi11

      Just make sure you keep your surgeon updated with any reactions that seem questionable.
      I was fortunate that my port surgery had few side effects. Also, my blood counts were more in the normal range then.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      I had severe bruising and tenderness for almost 2 weeks after my SmartPort was implanted. I had a burning sensation for about a week. It has now been a few months, chemo is done and my onc said to keep my port in for a year, just in case. I thought about having it removed because I think if I have it removed the cancer can't come back...silly, I know, but it's how my mind works. Anyway, my point is...it is such a part of my body now, unless I see it in a photograph because I am wearing a tank top or something, I don't even realize it's there.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar
      Ivy

      As one of your earlier answers said, it probably partly depends on whether your chest and collar bone area are relatively small. It took 3 weeks for mine to stop actively hurting, although it did diminish each day. It was never really comfortable. I was anxious to get rid of it at the earliest opportunity, especially as we were taking a long trip (14 hours) by auto, and seat belt shoulder straps were always a problem. You can place a small pillow between the shoulder strap and your port, but the pillow seems to slid down with each bump in the road or each time you move. A constant annoyance and irritant, but good to have for as long as active treatment lasts. For me, it was an important milestone when it could be removed.

      almost 5 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      I had surgery to put port in on a Friday and it was still uncomfortable over the weekend that I was taking Ibuprofen. I started chemo on Tue and when I went for a walk on Wed with my chemo pump, it was hurting by the end of the walk, like short stabbing pain. My medical team all thought it was because the port was so new. I think I took Tylenol for it then and used a heating pad on it for 15 min on/30 min off

      almost 5 years ago
    • beth2012's Avatar
      beth2012

      my husband had his mediaport in august he felt the same way.. burning itching and score.. He says it still kinda feel that way minus the itching. In fact it kinda looks like two bumps sticking out the doctr says that normal..

      almost 5 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar
      mgm48

      My power port was sensitive for about 2 weeks and now nearly 4 months later I hardly notice it unless one of the grand kids hugs me just right. They accessed my port 2 days after the insertion so I think that added a bit of time to the healing.

      All in all I think it's helped with treatments.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      almost 5 years ago
    • Juli's Avatar
      Juli

      Thank you for the responses. beth2012 I was also wondering about it sticking out, so thank you for that comment. The port has become less red and is no longer warm. My oncologist saw it and said he thought there could be cellulitis there. I ended up going to ER because when I called the surgeon who put it in he said it was fine, without looking at it. As of now it has been 12 days and I believe it is becoming more "normal." I still have to get his "ok" before my oncologist will do chemo with the port.

      almost 5 years ago

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