• Pros/cons of medi port implant

    Asked by Felicia on Friday, March 15, 2013

    Pros/cons of medi port implant

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • StrongSteph's Avatar
      StrongSteph

      I had a double port and it was absolutely necessary for my treatment. I think it is a good thing for someone getting a lot of chemo.

      about 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar
      Kathy

      I have experienced chemo with and without the port. At my first diagnosis 3 years ago I was petrified of getting a port. It was just another procedure that was difficult for me to want to do. At that time I had a pic line put in and taken out for each treatment. It was an outpatient procedure. This last time I had the port and that also worked good for me. It's hard for me to recommend one over the other because they were both fine actually. By the way, each time I had four treatments, 3 weeks a part. Best of luck to you.

      about 4 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar
      Giraffe

      My vote is for the port.. It makes life and treatment so much easier.

      about 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I was very scared to get one put in but I can't tell you how many times it has been accessed in the last 8 months for chemo, other infusions, and blood draws. Makes all these things virtually painless and stressless. I love it. I really can't think of any cons other than the initial procedure of implanting it which has been greatly outweighed by the benefit of having it.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      LOve my port. I had some sorenes and bruising after it was implanted but so glad I had it. 6 chemo sessions plus weekly blood work. Then I was admitted to hospital for cellulitis and my port was used for IV abx.

      about 4 years ago
    • mom22eagles' Avatar
      mom22eagles

      I dreaded having another surgery, but it really wasn't too bad. It was very tender at first and I used a cushion to protect myself from the seatbelt. I got used to it fairly shortly, though. I must admit that I was happy to see it go!

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I loved my port...it was in my upper left arm (inner side)...it made it so easy to have chemo, blood draws, IV hydration and IV antibiotics the one time I needed them.....I only had 6 chemos, but I think port was used over 20 times.....would definitely do it again...The procedure for inserting and removing was relatively easy, done by an intervention radiologist in a clinic in a sterile room....took a valium each time.....

      about 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      I was scared to get a port, but now am happy I have one. Chemo would have killed my veins.
      I usually get blood draws done a day before infusion of Avastin and stay accessed until treatment. Mine is in the left side of my chest. As I have lost weight it has changed position a bit but still works well. It was tender for a week or twoafter insertion. If you wear low cut tops or swim suits you may want to take taht into consdieration for port placement. Good luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • reginak's Avatar
      reginak

      I have never had chemo, but I saw lots of patients in the chemo lab (I had to go there to get blood draws) who seemed okay, if a bit weaker, with them. Whether from the cancer, chemo, or port I couldn't say.
      I had one friend who got a port and while she had been healthy prior to that was unable to get out of bed until she died afterwards. Very sad.
      Ask your medical team, each of them, what they think the pros and cons are in YOUR situation.

      about 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar
      Joachima

      I have the port and it worked well for me during chemo. I still have it and waiting for my oncologist to approve having it removed.

      about 4 years ago
    • MaryTD777's Avatar
      MaryTD777

      I am glad I got a port and had mine put in and accessed 20 minutes later. Most docs say leave it for a year and THAT is where the con comes in. You MUST have it accessed on a regular basis when it is in EVEN if you are done with treatment. I think it was every 3 months?? I had my treatment at a cancer center nearly 90 minutes from home so I felt it a waste to drive 3 hours just to get the port flushed and I had a hard time finding anyone local to do it. 1 hospital told me I would need to go to a Doc who is affiliated with them to get an Rx for a flush. WOW! a flush is all I wanted, it's not like I was looking for narcotics or cosmetic surgery people! Some saline & heparin and I'm good, promise LOL!! I wound up having mine removed only 6-7 months after I ended chemo.

      So, if you are being treated far from home, discuss flushing the port 1st. That really was my only con - that and the small scar that went thru my tattoo - I should find a way to post that picture LMAO!! Also, mine got well healed into the chest wall or something like that, cuz removal was a lil longer than insertion to get thru all the scar tissue. I doubt they can know in advance who that will happen to. I have a small indent where it was removed. I doubt it is really even noticed tho.

      Good luck =D

      about 4 years ago
    • mjs24's Avatar
      mjs24

      My port has worked out well, I'm at 2 years. A little soreness if the seatbelt rubs across it or purse strap but mostly no problem. It has made life easier for blood draws, I go every 5 weeks for a flush. My Oncologist wants it in for 3 years, a little long but probably worth it if it is needed quickly. Plus, I have been told that chemo is very hard on veins.
      All the best to you! Mary Jo

      about 4 years ago
    • mjs24's Avatar
      mjs24

      My port has worked out well, I'm at 2 years. A little soreness if the seatbelt rubs across it or purse strap but mostly no problem. It has made life easier for blood draws, I go every 5 weeks for a flush. My Oncologist wants it in for 3 years, a little long but probably worth it if it is needed quickly. Plus, I have been told that chemo is very hard on veins.
      All the best to you! Mary Jo

      about 4 years ago
    • Hollyberry's Avatar
      Hollyberry

      Love my purple power port! It makes everything so much easier. Especially when the nurses have the numbing spray or if you get a prescription for numbing creme, but it's not entirely painful without either.

      about 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar
      DaveWaz

      WhatNexters,

      Felicia, along with many others have asked about experiences with chemo ports. The frequent conversation around the topic of "To port or not to port?" inspired some content on our site.

      Blog Article - To port or not to port?
      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/to-port-or-not-to-port-whatnexters-weigh-in-on-chemo-ports

      Beginner's Guide - What is a chemo port?
      https://www.whatnext.com/cc/What_is_a_Chemo_Port

      Both of these are meant to help WhatNexters wrap their mind around what a port is, when it is used, and why you might want one.

      Thank you for sharing your experiences! As always we appreciate your input.
      David

      almost 4 years ago

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