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It is almost time for my port to be removed. When it was put in, it was done in hospital under sedation. I just found out my surgeon takes them out in his office without sedation; just numbing. Has anyone else encountered this? I am apprehensive!

Alison Smith Profile
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anonymous

Survivor since 2012 about 7 years
 
  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I still have my port in, but my surgeon said when its time to take it out he could do either - take it out in office ( which he admits will "hurt a little"), or in the OR with anesthesia. I am a wuss when it comes to pain, and my docs know that, so I'm fairly certain that I will have mine taken out in the operating room!
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    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I feel like I am a wuss too although my husband keeps telling me I am strong

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      My surgeon d oes it in his office too. I would rather have minor pain than go thru another surgery! Arrgggh

      about 7 years Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I had mine removed in the surgeon's office with numbing. There was some discomfort but (FOR ME) not worth general anesthesia because it was such a quick process. The doctor, his assistant and I were talking and laughing and just took a few seconds for me to say "Ouch" and it was done. We are all different with different pain thresholds. After my mastectomy, I didn't take anything for pain because I just didn't have any. What works for me might not work for the next woman. Have a very serious talk with your surgeon about the level of discomfort you might experience. Realize, it is not something that is a drawn out procedure, it is brief. The numbing process takes much longer that the actual removal. Hang in there.... you are on the HOME STRETCH!!!! Take care, Sharon
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    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thank you Sharon. After all I've been through, hopefully this will be the least of my concerns

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  • Mary Chase Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had mine done the same way and I had my port removed in the office. They give you plenty of numbing medicine. After the numbing all I felt was some tugging but no pain or discomfort at all. It will be a little tender for several days afterwards. It really isn't bad. They may let you have a Valium ahead of time if you are nervous.just be sure and call a few days before to ask about it.
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    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thanks Mary! That is reassuring!

      about 7 years Flag
  • blair greiner Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I still have mine but I know my surgeon does the same thing!
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