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    cavalierlover asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    surgeon cut my lung while putting port in.

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      po18guy

      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!"

      over 4 years ago
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      cavalierlover

      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

      over 4 years ago
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      sadie

      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.

      over 4 years ago
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