**** I Have Been Deported~ After the Fact & Updated****

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Skiffin16
Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
edited September 2011 in Head and Neck Cancer #1
OK, tomorrow is finally the day...I've had this port in my chest since January 2009.

I was supposed to get it out around March of this year, but at that time my surgeon only did it at the surgey center and putting me out.

As I hadn't met my total out of pocket at that time, I decided to wait.

Now that I've had the PET and other expense's I called last week...he now gives you a choice. In his office under local or the surgery center..I chose his office.

Here's a video I found of the procedure...LOL, kind of wishing I hadn't watched it now.

Port Removal

I'll let you know how it goes, scheduled for 11:30 tomorrow morning.

Best,
John
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  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,031 Member
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    Pleasant thoughts
    John,

    You'll do fine, glad to hear that you are getting the Port out. Think of something pleasant like Marine Corps Boot Camp : )

    Take Care Marine
  • shoeloy
    shoeloy Member Posts: 70
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    Port
    Amazed you kept it that long, I couldn't wait to get mine out. Good Luck and I'll say a little prayer tomorrow for you.
  • arndog64
    arndog64 Member Posts: 537
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    shoeloy said:

    Port
    Amazed you kept it that long, I couldn't wait to get mine out. Good Luck and I'll say a little prayer tomorrow for you.

    Can you say ouch!! That
    Can you say ouch!! That kinda looks like it may hurt a little. Let's hope they dope you up real good.
  • palmyrafan
    palmyrafan Member Posts: 396
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    Port Removal
    Best of luck tomorrow, hope everything goes well.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers.

    Teresa
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    shoeloy said:

    Port
    Amazed you kept it that long, I couldn't wait to get mine out. Good Luck and I'll say a little prayer tomorrow for you.

    Chemo MD
    She likes to leave them in for two years...I presume the greatest or most potential period for a recurrence.

    Pain meds, LOL...I remember now, he's the surgeon that prescribed 90 oxicotin or percocets for me when he installed it....looks more painful coming out, LOL...but I was under when he installed it.

    JG
  • osmotar
    osmotar Member Posts: 1,006
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    Skiffin16 said:

    Chemo MD
    She likes to leave them in for two years...I presume the greatest or most potential period for a recurrence.

    Pain meds, LOL...I remember now, he's the surgeon that prescribed 90 oxicotin or percocets for me when he installed it....looks more painful coming out, LOL...but I was under when he installed it.

    JG

    good luck tomorrow

    good luck tomorrow
  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
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    Port Removal
    Port Removal
    John I will be thinking of you tomorrow while under the ray, hope all goes well for you my friend

    Hondo
  • Kent Cass
    Kent Cass Member Posts: 1,898 Member
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    John
    Good luck. Had mine done in the Hospital, and was without any suffering at all. Glue patch used for stitches. Hope all goes as well as is possible. If we don't ever hear from you again, well...well...well...either way you can say goodbye to the flushings- LOL! Know it'll be a breeze for you. Gonna take it home with you? Seems I heard of someone who did. Did take the G-tube, but not my Port.

    kcass
  • staceya
    staceya Member Posts: 720
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    Kent Cass said:

    John
    Good luck. Had mine done in the Hospital, and was without any suffering at all. Glue patch used for stitches. Hope all goes as well as is possible. If we don't ever hear from you again, well...well...well...either way you can say goodbye to the flushings- LOL! Know it'll be a breeze for you. Gonna take it home with you? Seems I heard of someone who did. Did take the G-tube, but not my Port.

    kcass

    Fabulous!!
    Stacey

    Fabulous!!
    Stacey
  • CajunEagle
    CajunEagle Member Posts: 408
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    The outpatient procedure......
    didn't hurt at all. Just a local, and a small incision, a sew job, bandaged, and that was it. After he took it out, he asked if I wanted it and I was surprised as to how long the cord was in the vein in my shoulder. No reason to keep it. I had mine removed in March of 2010 after treatment ended in June of 09. I now have an = sign that my wife teases me about....("left armpit equals chest hair") and even now I have a irritation/itchy feeling that I just take the palm of my right hand, and rub for a few seconds, and it goes away. Just something else to expect, Brother. Oh....and if it's on your left side, be prepared to get some type of cushion to place on your seatbelt while driving. It will take a few weeks to heal completely, and you need to keep things from irritating the former port area.

    Larry
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    The outpatient procedure......
    didn't hurt at all. Just a local, and a small incision, a sew job, bandaged, and that was it. After he took it out, he asked if I wanted it and I was surprised as to how long the cord was in the vein in my shoulder. No reason to keep it. I had mine removed in March of 2010 after treatment ended in June of 09. I now have an = sign that my wife teases me about....("left armpit equals chest hair") and even now I have a irritation/itchy feeling that I just take the palm of my right hand, and rub for a few seconds, and it goes away. Just something else to expect, Brother. Oh....and if it's on your left side, be prepared to get some type of cushion to place on your seatbelt while driving. It will take a few weeks to heal completely, and you need to keep things from irritating the former port area.

    Larry

    Thanks Larry...
    I knew I had heard a few on here had it done as an in office outpatient procedure and it wasn't a big deal.

    Also, it's on my right as I had a injury that dislocated my left shoulder (collar bone popped out) several years ago that required a surgery. This left me sporting a pretty good sized scar there already.

    I just might ask for it, LOL...thought has already entered my mind. That way the next time I'm at the chemo center, I can ask the nurses to flush my port...and then hand it to them, LOL...

    JG
  • Hal61
    Hal61 Member Posts: 655
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    Always good to get rid of old hardware John, best of luck tomorrow.

    Hal
  • Pam M
    Pam M Member Posts: 2,196
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    What Time is It?
    Time to Celebrate! Pretty big to know doc thinks it's "safe" to de-port now.
  • elwoodsinoakdale
    elwoodsinoakdale Member Posts: 71 Member
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    Yeah
    Good luck to you
  • soccerfreaks
    soccerfreaks Member Posts: 2,788 Member
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    Good one!
    The title grabbed me, I admit :).

    Best wishes for a painless procedure, John.

    Take care,

    Joe
  • rozaroo
    rozaroo Member Posts: 665
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    Good one!
    The title grabbed me, I admit :).

    Best wishes for a painless procedure, John.

    Take care,

    Joe

    Great thought's!
    Wishing you a pain free deportation! Happy you are doing so well John! You are the best! xoxoxo
  • Glenna M
    Glenna M Member Posts: 1,576
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    rozaroo said:

    Great thought's!
    Wishing you a pain free deportation! Happy you are doing so well John! You are the best! xoxoxo

    Great news!!!
    This is really great news John!!! Will be thinking of you at 11:30 and wishing you a quick and painless procedure.
  • ratface
    ratface Member Posts: 1,337 Member
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    Glenna M said:

    Great news!!!
    This is really great news John!!! Will be thinking of you at 11:30 and wishing you a quick and painless procedure.

    Use the boat to get back
    Good luck John
  • KristynRuth
    KristynRuth Member Posts: 21
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    ratface said:

    Use the boat to get back
    Good luck John

    Hope all goes well!
    Hi John! I hope all goes well with you today and the procedure is quick and as painless as possible! Let us know how it went! Take care!
  • nwasen
    nwasen Member Posts: 235 Member
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    Deportation!
    Good luck and we know you will do fine. Us head and neck cancer people are tough!!!