• Port Removal

    Asked by tnblondee on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Port Removal

    I'm supposed to have my port removed early next year and my surgeon is wanting to remove it in the office...it was put in in an operating room...has any one else had their port removed in the Dr's office?

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      No, my port was removed in the same operating room that they used to put in it. I don't know that I would let him do this. But maybe someone with a little more knowledge will chime in. I personally don't see how his office would be very sterile.

      about 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      My port was removed in my surgeon's office. I took a valium beforehand. It actually was a relatively simple procedure. That evening I took a tylenol pm because there was some soreness. It healed nicely and now I just have a thin scar to remind me that the port was ever there.

      about 4 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      My port was not done in the doctor's office or an operating room. It was done as an outpatient at a hospital but in a procedure room. My surgeon's assistant did the removal while the surgeon watched and assisted. I would agree with lynn1950 in that it was a relatively simple procedure. They numbed it up ahead time and I didn't feel anything and it hurt a little afterwards, but not anything really painful. I hope this helps.

      about 4 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      I also meant to say congratulations on the removal - that is another step down in the process of healing!

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Mine was removed in the Dr.s office. A couple shots in the area and cut cut snip snip. That was it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Yes, I had my port removed in my doctor's office. Mine was put in an operating room also. When taking it out, the doctor numbed the area. All I could feel was some tugging when it was removed.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My port was removed at an radiation intervention specialist facility...it was a "secure" room....can't think of the correct word...it wasn't an office, but yet it wasn't an operating room...it was the same place that I had the port inserted....and similar to the type of facility that I had my biopsies.....I was given valium for the procedures (port insertion and removal)...I think if its a sterile environment, it probably doesn't matter what the facility is....but a regular office is probably not enough....

      almost 4 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      My surgeon removed the port in her office and it was just fine.....quicker, easier, and less expensive, too! She numbed me and took it out. I was fully awake during the whole thing and she kept admonishing me not to look, but I did anyway!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Hello tnblondee. I have been diagnosed with cancer twice in my lifetime. My first port was inserted and taken out in an operating room . I still have my port from last year. Congratulations on the removal of your port.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Heather's Avatar

      I went to a outpatient surgical center to have mine put in. Do what ever you want but call your insurance company and talk to them. I don't like when doctors try to push you to do things that you don't want to do!

      almost 4 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      I had mine taken out in the surgeon's office against my better judgement! I became such a pain weenie during treatment. The surgeon is actually a friend of mine, and I told him I'm a much better patient when I'm asleep. I didn't get valium--I think it would have made a big difference, especially when the numbing stuff started to wear off and I freaked out a little bit.

      almost 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I was completely put under in the outpatient OR, so I don't know.

      almost 4 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      tnblondee....I had my port in for 18 months of weekly chemo treatments and then kept it in for another 2 years (getting it flushed regularly). I was so afraid that if I had it removed it would be a jinx and the cancer would return. I know in my head that doesn't make sense...but I feared it. Eventually the port quit functioning anyhow (I believe the mammo I had "popped" the connection of tube and port). I was told I could have it taken out by PA (Physicians Asst) as out patient or schedule it with the surgeon that put it in. Was led to believe there would be "nothing to it" ...just numb, one little cut and pull it out...glue it shut and good as new. I chose the PA and he did tell me he would hook me up to IV just in case it was difficult to remove and they needed to give me anesthetic. Turned out to not be that simple as it had been in so long that my body had grown some around it and had to be cut and scraped out. There were inside stitches and outside glued. I was just a little sore for a couple days...black and blue around the area. Nearly a month later had a little trouble with an inside stitch that did not dissolve like it should have and my body reacted to it and it just worked its way out. That was pretty weird! So...to get to the point...I'm so glad I had the port put in as it saved me a great amount of pokes and probably vein problems in hands/arms...but I should have had it taken out when 1st offered shortly after 1st clear scans. Actually better sooner than later ... and then easier to remove also. Best to you....glad you're done with the chemo! Welcome to the land of the living... leslie

      almost 4 years ago

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