• port site / redness brussing

    Asked by beckyleu on Saturday, March 16, 2013

    port site / redness brussing

    how much redness and brusing are normal , there should be some kind of guide to know., because this is a weekend, and hard to get someone to ask them.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't know if there is any kind of standard. Some people bruise more easily and take longer to heal. I don't really remember having any bruising but it was a good 2 weeks before my skin completely healed.

      over 3 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      I didn't bruise at all.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I don't recall any bruising...the area was just sore for a couple of days. What you are experiencing is probably normal, but if the area gets more sore to the touch, and hot, and you start running a fever, you may want to call your doc, or possibly go to urgent care

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Check your paperwork from discharge of day stay surgery for port as there should be an after hours number. I was in a lot of pain at the port site and the percocet had me throwing up that 1st night. I was in a lot of pain just moving the next day, so I emailed with my physician's assistant about it on Saturday of Easter weekend last year because I was not sure that I could take Ibuprofen as starting chemo in 3 days. She got me a prescription for something else. My incision site was red for awhile but not infected. It was possibly swollen for a few days but realize the skin is being stretched where the port is so may look swollen to you. When I did start chemo, the 2nd day on the pump, I was having some serious pain at the port site. I called everyone that I had numbers for. My Oncologist, the Penn Home Infusion nurse and my home nurse and left messages with everyone. All got back to me later into Wed night with the thought was that the port was new and the soreness would go away. I took some tylenol and it helped.

      over 3 years ago
    • Shanti's Avatar

      I went directly from having the port put in to infusion for my first chemo pump connection. My port caused me a lot of discomfort and worry for weeks. The nurses kept saying it looked good and was healing, but it seemed to take much longer than I had expected. My skin was also extremely sensitive to the adhesive from keeping the connection in place. I am now starting the four months of chemo after surgery and it is a treat to only have to wear the pump for three days as opposed to the five days for the pre surgery chemo. Be sure to monitor your temperature twice daily.

      over 3 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar

      My port site was pretty bruised and the area hurt a LOT. For a few days I felt I had a cement block on my shoulder. I never thought it would hurt so much. The area stayed a little tender on one side, but everything is alright.
      My doctor prescribed acetaminophen with codeine and it helped. I really like naproxen sodium.
      After almost a year I am pretty used to it.
      Hope you feel better soon.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Unless you are running a fever or the area is very warm to the touch, you are probably ok to wait and call your doctor tomorrow. Mine was put in and I received my first chemo all in one morning. It did remain painful for several days, more than I anticipated, so I took Tylenol and tried not to move much. Moving around does make it hurt more. Also, if you go in a car, it is really helpful to take a pillow along so the seat belt doesn't bother you. Like others mentioned, if you start running a fever, get to the ER immediately, otherwise you are just sore from implementation. Sorry! You will be grateful down the road to have the port. I sure was. Good luck.,

      over 3 years ago

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