• I have notice alot of you getting you chemo port removed was done in the doctors office, my nurse told me I was getting it out in the

    Asked by cris on Saturday, January 5, 2013

    I have notice alot of you getting you chemo port removed was done in the doctors office, my nurse told me I was getting it out in the

    hospital under a local since it is hooked up to my heart, is it different with everyone? Will be awhile before I get it out but was just wondering.

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • Debbie's Avatar

      Chris- I was given the option and chose local because it was the earliest/fastest. After going through it, I recommend heavy sedation! Felt every shot and stitch. Yuck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It may be that your doctor does not have the equipment, facilities, or certification to do it in his office. In either case, it would still require local anesthesia or conscious sedation.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      I had mine removed in the dr office under local they said they didn't want to put me fully under for such a short procedure

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Mine was taken out in the office also, they gave me a couple of shots in the area of the port, and went to cutting. Was done in maybe 10 minutes. Was a simple thing. It was put in in an operating room, both actually, I had two. First one quit working.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I actually had one of my port installation surgeries done under a local where I was awake and talki g with the surgeon the whole time. Yes it was in an oerating room. Removal of the one I hav had out was a local in the office. The locl has less sie effects and recovery time, you can just walk out right after the procedure. If the local is done right you shoukdn't feel anything. Even in the hospital the local is the way to go. Good Luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I have not gotten mine out yet but my PS will do it in his office under local with a valium. I had it put in by a radiologist under local and chatted with him the whole time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Beverly60's Avatar

      I still have mine in a year after it was last flushed. I know, I know, I should never have waited so long but! I haven't had reconstruction or follow up care. I HATE the whole situation and my husband and caregiver died during my treatments.
      All of this is to say the port will be inserted in your Aorta, the major artery into your heart. I can see where your Primary Care doctor would not want to handle it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had my port put in and taken out at a radiation intervention faclity...it was a sterile environment...somewhere in between an office and an OR

      almost 4 years ago
    • lovinglife's Avatar

      Mine was removed in the dr. office. Took about 10-15 min. under a local. Celebrated afterwards!

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      My port removal was done at the hospital in an operating room. I think that's where it should be done. I have read on here where some have had this done in a Dr's office. I'm not sure I agree with that but if you have no other options, I guess you have to do whats best for you...

      almost 4 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      My port was removed when the surgeon did the bilat mastectomy.

      almost 4 years ago

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