• Port Removal

    Asked by tnblondee on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Port Removal

    I just scheduled to have my port removed on April 8th, I'm pretty nervous because they said they would be doing it in the doctors office, while I'm awake. Has anyone else had their port removed this way? and if so how was it? Thanks,

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I had mine removed at the hospital but having it done in the Dr's office is very common. All they do is give you a local injecting to numb the area and then take it out. I didn't feel a thing. The shot to numb the area is the worst part. You'll be fine. The Dr can probably do it with his eyes closed although that is probably frowned upon..lol!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Blondee, I had mine done in the office, sitting on the exam table. I didn't even lay down. They gave me a couple shots to deaden the area, then went to cutting. Snip Snip, it was done probably in 15 minutes, I walked out and drove myself home.
      Nothing do it! My doctor laughed and said "come back and see me when you have something tough for me to do"! I seen him about 2 years later for a biopsy on a lymphnode in my neck. Now that wasn't as fun, since it turned out to be positive.

      You'll do great!

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Mine was done with just some local anesthetic - it was fine. It's not major surgery (plus hospitals are great places to get infections.)

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Yup...this is how my port was removed...I think I took a valium before the procedure...it was done by an interventionist radiologist in a sterile room.....I went home shortly after it was done....a friend drove me and if I remember correctly, I was fine....this is also how my port was put in....

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Piece of cake! Yes, I had mine done in my surgeon's office with my son there to hold my hand. The worst was the shots of novocaine. He asked me if I wanted to take a break and I just told him to keep on going. I couldn't wait to get that port out! I could feel him poking around, but no pain or discomfort once the area was numb. I think the whole procedure took about 20 minutes.

      over 3 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      Be assured after all you/we went through to get to this point, this is the easiest of all. I also was apprehensive, since I was told it would be done under a local anesthetic injection to numb the area and would be fully awake throughout. In reality, after the injection, felt only some pulling and tugging and then a few stiches later - not more than 20 minutes - was completed. In fact during procedure kept up lively conversation with physician and nurse. Rested for about 15 minutes post and then off to lunch. No pain during, no pain after. Wish the whole cancer treatment was equally as easy this. You'll be fine.

      over 3 years ago

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