• Mediport Nonaccessible swelling pain

    Asked by RobinCen on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Mediport Nonaccessible swelling pain

    I have had a mediport for 4 weeks now. Since the surgery I have had extreme painful swelling in my neck and left breast. I have been to the ER and seen my surgeons assistant twice. Ive been to the cancer center to have it flushed but it was so swollen they wouldnt touch it. Then I went to have a dye ran through it to see if it was placed correctly. Once again, even with the help of xray it could not be accessed because of the severe swelling. The radiology guy said he thought he got it but it wouldnt flush or draw blood. He thought it may be kinked. I am miserable, grouchy, in pain and sleeping a lot. I havent laid eyes on my surgeon since he put it in although he has been notified numerous times. I have another appt with him today but there is no assurance it will be him that I see. It is not infected. It is so awful I cant stand it anymore. The office wont give me pain meds, just Zofran for the nausea. Has anyone else had so much trouble? What should I do?

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    • RobinCen's Avatar

      Thank you for answering. I did get to see my surgeon finally. He says the swelling is not from the port even though I had NO problems before placement. He is going to try to access it himself next week. If it works Great, if not, I have no idea what he is going to do. I only had it put in because of poor veins. I dont have chemo or anything of that nature. I regret hving it done. It was suppose to save me from being stuck 30--40 times each time I needed bloodwork or an IV. I am still getting needle sticks and several unsuccessful attempts to access the port.

      over 6 years ago
    • HOBO's Avatar

      Due to having shingles on the side of my port the nurses won't access my port until the shingles are gone. So for the past two weeks they have done my blood draws in my arms. Yesterday they pokes me five time and finally got a vein in my hand. By the time they were done I as distraught. Great example of why my port has been a very good thing. I hope they get your issues resolved.

      over 6 years ago
    • Tiger29's Avatar

      I have port placement twice. The first one flip, now the 2nd, my neck swells up. I went to ER last night but have to wait till next day for dr. to see. Final Verdict, Cancer Surgeon will not touch my port because another Doctor placed it on my chest. So now waiting to be sent to original Doctor for 2nd port removal. What a life. I have had three surgery in 4 months and it is really taking a toll out of my body. I don't want to blame the original doctor original doctor for port malfunction. One of you maybe right, could be my body is rejecting the port. Suggestion for me and the others who have the same problem, go back to the same doctor who placed the port. Other doctors will not touch your port. Whoever place it take.

      over 1 year ago

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