• surgeon cut my lung while putting port in.

    Asked by cavalierlover on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    surgeon cut my lung while putting port in.

    Has anyone gone thru anything like this? I walked out bleeding from my lung because the xray was not checked before I was let go home. 5 days later I was back in the hospital with hose in my lungs draining blood off. Has anyone gone thru anything like this?

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    • shhwee's Avatar

      Your port must be very low on your chest then... I'm so sorry. Those XXX white coats can be so careless. My surgeon nicked my spinal cord while I was under for initial brain biopsy. I had a really dangerous, constant CSF leak for about a month. Because of it I wound up in the ER needing a stat shunt placement. Now I'll always have a lump on the back of my head. Makes it awful hard to sleep! [lol]

      almost 9 years ago
    • cavalierlover's Avatar

      thank you for answering. I am just learning how to do this. It has been a wild ride but I have met some nice people. I believe everything happens for a reason. Please keep in touch. One thing me and a friend who also has cancer have said. Cancer is a lonesome disease even with friends.

      Have a wonderful day !!


      almost 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had two ports put in, the first one stopped working so another put in the other side. Total of three operations and no problems. Goes to show you that no surgery is "routine" Best of luck to you!

      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Wow, I find that just incredible. A port is installed just under your skin, no where near your lungs. Maybe it was the catheter that runs from the port to a vein that was leaking, but I just can't imagine that a surgeon could actually cut your lung. That would require an incision several inches deep.

      almost 9 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I would think that it was the needle at the tip of the catheter that nicked your lung, as that is the only portion of the device that would get that close. I have had zero problems with my port, and the surgeon who implanted it was 83 years old at the time. I thought he was ready for retirement until the RN told me that he had retired twice before! He is one of the pioneers in ports and catheters, though. I was also blessed in that I had no problems with the Hickman that was placed on the other side of my chest.

      shhwee, surgeons have also nicked my dura twice in other surgeries, causing CSF leaks and overnights in the hospital as well. One on my brain and the other on my lumbar spine. Kinda has a ring to it, though: "That surgeon really nicked my dura!"

      almost 9 years ago
    • cavalierlover's Avatar

      Thanks for all your answers. I am learning. Next time I will ask to see the xray. this should show port was working correctly and lung was not bleeding. I have found out during this you must ask questions

      almost 9 years ago
    • sadie's Avatar

      Just saw your post as I have been a patient in the hospital for the last 6 days with a chest tube after the surgeon nicked my lung while inserting a port. I was aware that pneumothorax was a risk for this procedure but my surgeon said it was rare. Unfortunately he said my veins are small causing him to make several attempts to thread the catheter and that is when it happened. However, I was lucky in that my surgeon and nurses realized while I was on the operating table what had occurred and immediately called in a thoracic surgeon who inserted the chest tube, which was an uncomfortable thing to have for 6 days but it re-inflated the lung. I am now very weak and tender but trying to regain strength before starting chemo next Mon.

      almost 9 years ago

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