• Port removal question...Do you know how limited I will be in terms of activity and being able to get my port site wet after it is removed?

    Asked by NanciHersh on Monday, May 28, 2012

    Port removal question...Do you know how limited I will be in terms of activity and being able to get my port site wet after it is removed?

    Learned this week that I only have 3 more herceptin treatments left- yea! the end of a long year. Have decided to get my port out early so I can go to Hawaii at the end of June with my family and be able to wear a normal bathing suit top (I have been swimming my laps with a yoga/tank top) - will finish the 3 treatments with a regular iv. Any tips or input from other people who have had their ports removed? Looking forward to getting that crazy looking thing out from under my skin! (though physically, thankfully it never bother me.)

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      According to my surgeon, you should have no limitations in activities, including showering/swimming, etc.

      over 5 years ago
    • NanciHersh's Avatar
      NanciHersh

      Thank you for your response. Was that your experience as well?

      over 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      I had my port it with my bmx... And the port removal was easy breezy. Ask for glue to close the incision... That will let you take a shower sooner. And hooooooray! Have a wonderful trip!

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I still have my port in and will for several more months for herceptin infusions, but this conversation came up with my surgeon a couple of months back when I had a prophylactic mastectomy on the same side as my port.

      over 5 years ago
    • NanciHersh's Avatar
      NanciHersh

      Thank you leepenn and nancyjac....stay cool and be well...

      over 5 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar
      PinkD

      Getting it out was "easier" than getting it put in. Getting it put in was an outpatient procedure but getting it out was an office procedure--I drove myself home! However, my surgeon and I both learned that I'm a much better patient when I'm under anesthesia =) My already low pain tolerance got worse as treatment went on which seems weird. I don't recall the recovery from that being remarkable at all--maybe because I was so wigged out from the procedure itself. Hopefully your not as much of a pain weenie as I am! Maybe having a trip to Hawaii to look forward to would have helped. Have fun!

      over 5 years ago
    • NanciHersh's Avatar
      NanciHersh

      thanks PinkD.... I have a pretty high pain threshold but can't imagine having it taken out without anesthesia- you are a warrior (! :)

      Hope you are doing well now. Thanks again!

      over 5 years ago

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