• Port problem

    Asked by whatnext54 on Monday, February 11, 2019

    Port problem

    Has anyone had their port move? Seems like my port is a lot higher on my chest than it originally was.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      Hmmm. Neither of mine ever moved or changed locations. A call to doctor's office should help clear this up. If needed, a quick exam will reveal if anything is amiss and corrective action can be taken.

      11 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have heard several people say that this has happened. I had one that quit working, but never moved.

      11 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Mine hasn't moved... Have the oncology nurses made any comments about it moving to you?

      11 months ago
    • Sunshine777's Avatar

      I had a port in my chest. It "flipped" every week. Nurses and doctors would have to manipulate it inside of my body to get it back to the right side. VERY PAINFUL! No one told me this, but I have a suspicion that it flipped because I tossed and turned in my bed. My advice to you: Sleep all night on your back. Think about sleeping in a recliner.

      11 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Ports can move and sometimes flip. Talk to your doctor and /or the nurses at the chemo center. I was told that big breasted women have a higher probability of port displacement. I have had my port for five years, it is slightly tipped but still functions well. If in fact the port has moved, this may or may not present a problem to its functionality. When a port stops working or it’s placement is no longer ideal, it can be removed and another port can be placed on the opposite side . I have been told by many survivors that chest port removal is quick and painless. I can tell you that I had my abdominal port removed after chemo IP treatments right in the doctor’s exam room and that it was both quick and painless. Please get back to us and let us know what the doctor says about your port. Wishing you better days ahead.

      11 months ago
    • KB2013's Avatar

      Lynne-I-Am...your pals must have been asleep or sedated when their ports were removed. I was wide awake and if there's a 'next time' and that's possible, I want sedation. My current port moves and sometimes the nurses can't access it at all and we struggle to search for a vein in the right arm. I've had my port clog up many times now and needed that sludge buster pushed through it but, I have no choice in having a port as there are no veins in either arm. Can't complain too much because I'm still above ground.

      11 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      Neither one of mine has moved, but this one seems to be more raised (sticks up). It's not uncomfortable, but you can see it under a t-shirt. The power port does become more clogged than the one 13 years ago. Moving it is not an option. I have a pacemaker on the other shoulder. Yes, I'm wired. A little humor. Neither one bothers me when I sleep so I'm good.

      10 months ago

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