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    Port Removal

    Asked by JNW on Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Port Removal

    At my original treatment facility, ports going in or out were always done under general anesthesia. My new facility is taking my port out with local anesthesia. Has anyone had a port removed like that? How did it go for you?

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    • cam32505's Avatar

      I had twilight going in (not told in advance and had panic attack). I was told it would be local coming out, but I wanted it out, so I endured. They numb the skin, then they stick a needle further down to numb deep within the skin. The second needle really hurt, but after that it was a piece of cake. So, I recommend taking a xanax or something before you go, just to relax you.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lorijoy812's Avatar

      I had mine removed using local. Was fast. I could tell something was happening but no pain during the procedure. I was happy to leave the surgical center without the grogginess of general anesthesia. The whole process was fast.

      over 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I had a twilight medication for removal. It put me in a state of "I don't care what they are doing to me" but I was awake. And it took maybe 10 minutes for the whole procedure. It really wasn't a big deal. I did ask to see what was inside of me for almost two years, so they washed the port off so I could see it. But then it was over, I had lunch and then went home. Rested for a couple days and then was fine. They did give me an anti-biotic in the i.v. before the removal, so I didn't end up with an infection. But it really wasn't bad at all to have it removed. Just another step in wellness for me.

      over 5 years ago
    • kashubian's Avatar

      My mother's port was removed with local anesthetic in an office visit. It was fast, she had no pain and was very happy to have the port gone. It was a huge milestone for her.

      over 5 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar

      I can't imagine having port out without some type of pain block. This doesn't sound right to me.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Mine was done with local also, sitting upright on an exam table in the clinic. A pain killer shot, then local anesthesia shot of some sort, cut, cut, snip. I could even watch the procedure when I looked down. As soon as it was out, he showed it to me, wanted to know if I wanted it. We kept it and still have it in a drawer somewhere.

      over 5 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      I had the twilight also & frankly I don't know if it bothered me or not, I can't remember even though I know I was awake. Probably better off this way lol!

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Congrats on reaching this milestone. I had my port removed two weeks ago. I just got local anesthesia, some lidicaine gel, and then a few shots of longer lasting pain killer, they didn't even sedate me, with "industrial strengthen" Valium, like they did when they put it in. It did not hurt at all, I brought a Oxycontin tablet and some extra strength Tylenol,, just in case. I was able to leave as soon as the procedure was finished. I got dressed, ate my breakfast and got on the NYC subway system and was home within an hour. I took some Tylenol with breakfast, and that was all the pain killer I needed.

      over 5 years ago
    • JNW's Avatar

      Thanks, All for the replies. I wish I'd seen them or thought about taking something like a xanax. It wasn't until I was on the table and getting that first painful injection that my lizard brain was gearing up for the terrible experience when I had my first biopsy, when they didn't numb the right area, then immediately had me get another mammogram to check the placement of the marker which messed up the dressing and left me bleeding.

      Obviously, I did not get my treatment there and at least the port is out! They left it on the table while letting me get dressed, so it was kind of cool to get to see it "live". It really did look just like the literature!

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My port was put in and taken out with local anesthesia...I remember being given a valium, but I don't remember what else. i was awake during the procedure....it was done in an outpatient radiology clinic....pretty non-invasive procedure as far as things go....

      over 5 years ago
    • shivering's Avatar

      I asked to be put out and they had no problem doing that. It was done in a surgical room in the surgeons office bldg. I don't remember a thing even though they just gave me medication to relax me and let me fall asleep. I have no complaints about all that!

      over 5 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Mine also was taken out with local. All I felt was a little "tugging", no pain.

      over 5 years ago
    • Mikilog's Avatar

      I concur,easy. Mine was done under local,little tug,great relief to have it removed!

      over 5 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      Yes, the insertion was done under general anesthesia, but my surgeon took it out in her office undet local anesthesia. It was fine.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      Mine too was taken out with just local shots to numb the area. I don't remember any pain, more tugging and pulling a bit. Was glad not to have to go under general anesthesia again.

      over 5 years ago
    • tracyt's Avatar

      I had my port removed without any pain meds. They used a numbing foam and all i felt was a little pressure. He did prescribe some pain meds for the after shock. Lol. I was so excited to get that thing out i would have used a pair of scissors! :)

      over 5 years ago
    • debbien507's Avatar

      Mine went in under general anesthesia. My surgeon injected a short acting twilight drug into the port when he took it out in his office. A fitting last use of the port!!

      over 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Not so well.

      The usrgeon wanted me awake but I know I could not sit still watching someone cut me so

      I was knocked out to place the port and the chithead forgot to leave pain meds so I awoke knowing I'd just been knifed.

      The blasted thing fell out later and I had to get another one to replace it.

      Best wishes.

      over 5 years ago
    • Pinklady521's Avatar

      I know so many times it was recommended I keep my port in even though it was hurting more and more even when they flushed it. It got twisted somehow but glad I had it out and I chose to have it taken it out exactly two years from my mastectomy. I did have general anesthesia and surgery was ambulatory so was able to go home in a few hours. i would insist on it, a port is imbedded, why would someone think a local would be enough?

      over 5 years ago
    • barbdee's Avatar

      Local/twilight feeling in the radiology department. I wish all the other procedures were that quick & easy! That port was amazing & was sorry to see it go after two years. God willing, won't need another! How can it be when you walk out of the hospital in an hour???

      over 5 years ago
    • Ljdoucette's Avatar

      I had my port removed with local anesthesia! Kind of missed it at first as it had been in so long and came in handy when I was rushed to the hospital after chemo 3 times and they did everything through the port! I did ask the doctor that removed it if I could keep it and he gave it to me! Don't know why I wanted it, perhaps as a reminder of what I went through. You will do okay! God Bless

      over 5 years ago
    • garson's Avatar

      Mine was removed with a few shots of local. There was a lot of tugging as he pulled it out but no pain. I walked out and went to lunch!

      over 5 years ago
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