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3/22/11 3:18 P

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My port? I had it inserted with my radiation device and my surgeon put it in when I had my lymph node out to see if it spread. I am a very hard stick, so I am happy with it being in and the ease blood draws are made with it. Mine will stay in me the rest of life, Considering I can't have a draw from my left side, this is making a lot of sense to me. I had my first surgery Nov 18, 2010. Since the surgery was on the left side, they had to put my IV in my right side. After 5 tries to draw and 7 times for the IV, the anesthesiologist had to use a small needle and take the blood from my groin and put the IV in my big toe at the joint where it meets the foot. I STILL have a bruise on the toe! But they blew thru my veins and rolled them and were basically hurting me, I'm happy with my port. I even blogged about this experience called "Vein, Vein Where is the Vein, I believe! I had it for the weekly blood draws I've had since January. Hope this helps you decide.

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10/20/10 1:14 P

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MAYBE MINE WASN'T IN AS LONG, BUT I DON'T REMEMBER MUCH DISCOMFORT AND AFTER 8 YEARS I HAVE A THIN WHITE LINE ONLY.

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10/20/10 12:47 P

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I was a bit sore the next day from the incision, but the discomfort didn't last much longer than a day or so.

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10/20/10 11:07 A

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Hoping it all goes well for you. I had mine out last november, it takes a long time to heal, it's like a deep hole that needs to close up. I put scar cream on it and it looks better, than at first. emoticon

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THAIBEAUKITTY's Photo THAIBEAUKITTY Posts: 759
10/20/10 10:04 A

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Well, I finished my herceptin treatments on October 5th and my oncologist said I should get it out as soon as possible. He said that sometimes people get "attached" to their ports and feel more psychologically secure having it. I certainly don't. I wanted it out as soon as possible and I guess 3 weeks is pretty quick according to how long others have to wait.

With regard to the scar left behind after everything is healed, I joke that I will get a little tattoo to cover it. Maybe a little butterfuly or something cutesy.

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10/19/10 3:19 P

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I am actually relieved some of you have had your ports so long. My chemo was done Aug. 6th and I wonder why mine is still in. I will be done with radiaiton around Thanksgiving and have an appt. with my Oncologist around then too so I will ask her when I can have it removed.
There was some pain with the placement but I expect the removal will be less but I'm no fool...I saved some pain pills from my mastectomy for just such an occassion!

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10/19/10 2:57 P

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I wonder why does he want the port to remain in there that long? I don't think much design or thought asthetically goes into the placement of the port. Unless it can't be moved over more or something why couldn't they place it so that the scar could be more hidden so you could wear scoop neck shirts?

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10/19/10 2:09 P

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It amazes me that the port surgery is so much "trouble" all the way around. I had more complications with that than i did with my mastectomy!! I still have my port (just finished chemo in sept) and the doc wants me to keep it in for at least 2 years. I don't know if I can hold out that long. We'll see.
But i had it placed back in June and it doesn't look like the scar is healing. My Mastectomy scars look far better than this thing.

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LMK359's Photo LMK359 Posts: 376
10/19/10 2:06 P

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I had my port removed a few months after chemo was done. Hated that thing. It was uncomfortable and even now 4 years later the area where it was is still a little tender or stings. Nerve damage I guess the doctor says. Mine looks like a gunshot wound too.

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10/19/10 1:56 P

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The removal was pretty straightforward, at least in my case. Definitely less painful than the aftermath of getting it put in. I was awake for it coming out, and thought it felt a little weird when they tugged it out, but nothing too bad. Good luck with the procedure!

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10/19/10 1:41 P

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I agree that the port placement was more painful than the lumpectomy, I thought the same thing and never expected that! Unfortunatley my port became infected after the 3rd week and had to be removed, I would have loved to have kept it longer even with the discomfort, as I had a year of infusions ahead of me! But the removal was much easier, which made sense, the location of it was such that any arm movement was uncomfortable! So once it was out, it was just a healing process (which I went through 3 times as it kept reinfecting and they had to keep opening it up and draining the site.....finally decided not to stitch it closed and it healed.) Now however it looks like a gun shot, and that's what I tell people it is, always gets a stunned look, and always makes me laugh......

So I guess I can't contribute much to the conversation, as I'm not normal, but that's ok, I've been called that before....

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10/19/10 1:33 P

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How long did you have your port in?

It will be three years for me this December. I'm a part of a clinical trial and will receive two more infusions of Zometa through my port.

I have had some discomfort, but, I'm grateful I had the port. My veins don't like to give up blood and they usually have a hard time drawing from my arm.

I'm not sure I want mine removed.

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10/19/10 1:30 P

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I'd be interested to see what people say about this! Also - I am wondering how long you had it in for... I just finished chemo on 9/7 and I hate this port .. they are saying I should keep it in for about 2 years. UGH! I hate it and it is so close to my collar bone that it pinches all the time when reaching or crossing my arms etc. I'd rather have it out sooner!

Best wishes with your upcoming surgery and I will keep you in my prayers.

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10/19/10 1:24 P

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Hi! I'm getting my port removed next week and was wondering if it less painful than when I had it put in. I found when they put it in it hurt more post-op than my lumpectomy.

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