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Port removal from jugular?

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llmorrell
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Joined: May 2013

Hi there! This Thursday I'm getting my last chemo treatment and I am very excited to be done with it! It's been 4 months and I now get a few weeks off and then start radiation for 6-7 weeks. I'm starting to plan for September when everything will be done and will, hopefully, get the port removed so I can go back to golfing! :) My surgeon had to put the port into my jugular and I'm wondering if anyone out there had the port in their jugular and what it was like when it was removed. So glad for this site!

Thank you!

Linda

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coco2008
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Joined: May 2013

Just had mine put into the subclavian vein which is very near the jugular.  Don't know what removal will be like, but I'm interested in the answer.

In the meantime I am bumping this up.

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treecy1106
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Joined: Apr 2011

My port removal was so much better than going in. I was elated and I felt relieved knowing chemo was done. I was also awake during the procedure.

No worries....if you got through everything else you will swim through this!!!

(((HUGS)))

Patrice

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desertgirl947
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Joined: Oct 2012

Had my port for 9 months.  My surgeon removed it, just giving me numbing shots.  (He gave me more, when he would see me twitch or wince a bit.)  He cut a line right by the one he did when he put it in.  He had to do some tugging to loosen the port -- probably because of tissue or whatever that grew over time.  It sounded like he was scraping stuff off of it too.

Anyhow, he just patched it with steri-strips and a clear bandage that covered the whole area.  It wasn't too sore after the numbness wore off. 

I could tell a difference, though, when it was out.  It was easier to turn on that side and sleep without feeling like I was getting poked by that port.

When that port comes out,  you will feel like you are taking another step back toward your nornal life.  It is a good feeling.

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llmorrell
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Thank you for your reply. I'm really thinking I want to be as "out" as possible for this procedure. I am a huge baby and because the biopsy hurt (she didn't numb me up enough) I'm afraid this is going to hurt. My doc was going to put the port in with locals and I said NO let's do it in the surgery. She had to dig around in my shoulder to find a vein and ended up not being able to do that so she put it in my jugular. I'm thinking I'm going to ask for AT LEAST twilight sleep so I at least won't remember any pain! I am so looking forward to having it out. It's not bothering me anymore but because it's in my jugular, I can't golf -- she's afraid it will twist. Again, thank you for responding!

Linda

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VickiSam
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I would personally want to be out .. totally...   Please let us know how your procedure goes.

Prayers, and gentle hugs for you.

 

Vicki Sam

Rague
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My port was put in Aug. 25, '09 and it's still there - will be for at least another year.  I'm IBC so though (as far as I know on this day) I'm still NED.  But the 'odds' of recurrance are VERY high with IBC, I choose to keep it in so is ready JUST IN CASE.  I visualize it as my Army sentury  (I 'm a WAC) standing guard keeping the 'monster' at bay but reaaady to do battle if needed (I'm silly I know but at other times I visualize it as a B-52 also on guard and ready to attack ['grew up' USAF] or as an aircraft carrier also on patrol and ready to attack [Hubby's retired USN]).  I much prefer to keep my port in and have monthly flushes - it makes me feel more pro-active AND I get to see my PA's RN monthly if I have something I want to run by her.  More importantly - I do not want to have to have another one put in IF. - it would have to go in on surgeery side where I already deal with LE (LymphEdema.)

I'm not a golfer but I am very active 'outdoors' (riding/biking/fishing/flyfishing/mowing/gardening/etc.) and I was never given any restrictions on what I can do in regrds to my port (or anything once surgery healed).

You want your port out - for you that's what you want and is right for many - BUT not for all of us.

Wiinyan - The Power Within

Susan

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DDP (Dreaded Double Post)

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

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