• Runaway Port

    Asked by Ydnar2xer on Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Runaway Port

    Has anyone else had to redo their port surgery because the port broke loose from the vein? I have to go in again on Tuesday for a redo--and by Tuesday the port might have made its way down to my foot! YIKES.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      I have heard of several people here that have had to have ports replaced due to various problems, including me but I have not hared that one yet.

      My first port decided to pop through my skin while my wife and I were at Disneyland during a chemo break. Suffice to say it was not the happiest thing to have happen at the happiest place on earth. It got infected and had to be replaced as soon as I got back.

      I guess I can see how the port may get loose from the vein but how does it get all the way down to your foot? Was it located on your thigh and not your chest? How could it get past your knee? (that just sounds painful) You might ask your doctor about a different placement

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I think you probably mean the catheter has slipped out of the vein. The port is a button like device that you should still be able to feel under your skin. One end of a catheter is attached to it and the other end inserted into a vein. There is no way either are going to migrate elsewhere in your body.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Hi. Sorry this is happening to you. You've had a rough go. I didn't experience this; I had a PICC-line that broke after three treatments so I had the other three with IVs. That ruined the veins in my arm but was manageable. Hopefully you'll get things back on track. Hang in there. You've been through a lot so far. You can do this.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I never had any trouble with my port. I sure hope it doesn't cause any additional problems. Tuesday is a long time to have to wait to get it fixed. Yikes is right.

      almost 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      My port wore through my skin the day before my reconstruction surgery, so thankfully, they were able to just remove & replace it. However, I have a big honking scar, because they had to pull the remaining skin together. Frankly, I had major problems with that thing from day 1 - it seeped & wouldn't work half the time, so I was just as happy to have that replaced. I blame the doctor who put it in. The one my surgeon put in never gave me any problems

      almost 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      You might mention to the surgeon to try to avoid the bra strap area - my surgeon said that placement can cause problems for women.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Oh my gosh. Good luck and I hope everything works out as planned this time. Hugs.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Thanks to all of you for your advice and comments. Actually, the fear that it will travel down to my foot was supposed to be a joke ... but it IS the round port that is loose and floating around! It was originally placed above my heart on my left side, below my collarbone. Surgeon says he will use same scar on Tuesday to replace it, but will position it a bit higher than before. Tuesday's going to be one HE!! of a day--6 a.m. surgery, 11 a.m. chemo and election day, as well. Oh my!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      LOL, when I read "Runaway Port" I imagined the port with little legs running away from you. :D Oh man! Sorry you're having to deal with this. Hopefully this second time the surgeon attaches it nice and securely to whatever it is they attach it to. Sending hugs your way. :)

      almost 4 years ago

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