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Does it hurt when they put in the port

Maria Crespo Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer about 5 years
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Mine was some under general anesthetic so I was sleeping. Didn't feel a thing.
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    • Michele Schultz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yup; same.

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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    My port was placed at the same time as my mastectomy. The area was sore for a while. I know some women get it placed and have chemo the same day. I've had it for 2 years now, and don't even know it's there. Prayers to you.
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  • Mimi Carroll Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    The procedure does not hurt and many women have said that it didn't bother them at all. Mine hurt for quite a few days- I needed lots of ice and could only sleep slightly sitting up with head turned to right. I used ice and Tylenol for a few days. The stitches didn't melt and oozed out of skin. Nurse in chemo lap pulled them out for me. It was uncomfortable for a few weeks. I had it for about 44 sticks- last stick 6/5/12 ... am sooooo happy it will be gone tomorrow!
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Mine was put in in an interventional lab in the hospital and I was considered a "short stay" patient. They used sleepy meds. like for a colonscopy and I recall none of it. I remember telling them my arm hurt where the IV was once they started meds. through it when the BP cuff inflated so they moved it down lower on my arm and the Radiologist telling me there would be a stick and burn as he injected the local. The next thing I remember was looking at the clock when they were done and nothing else until I was back down in my cubicle waking up. My place didn't use sutures but glue and steristrips.
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  • Mary G Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Hi Maria, my experience was different than Mimi's. I had the port put in as an out patient, I was in and out of the clinic in less than 4 hours. I had no discomfort at all and didn't need any pain medication. I slept just fine and didn't have any pain or discomfort when they accessed the port for chemo. Everyone has a different story to tell with all the different treatments, tests and experiences with BC. Don't be too worried about port placement, it is easier to have the port than being stuck with needles over and over again. Best to you.
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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      The port was more of a nuisance than anything else, but a necessary one. It did not hurt for me, a little uncomfortable, nothing more. Don't worry!

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    • Maria Crespo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Putting it in didn't hurt bc they medicate you but it was sore and uncomfortable for 2-3 weeks after placement. I think if you are smaller in size it can be more uncomfortable. I was grateful for it during chemo and hardly noticed it.
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