I had a Bard Power Port implanted in my right chest area (where my breast cancer had been located back in 2002). I honestly was surprised to wake up and see it there because I had been told not to have procedures done on the right side because of the potential for lymphedema. This placement was done May 22, 2013. I have had a few times where my oncology nurse has had difficulty drawing blood but finally managed. The discomfort of the device in the chest wall is nearly daily. Sometimes it happens so suddenly, I am stunned. I use a numbing cream when the discomfort gets too severe. But the worst is a clot was discovered in the IR early July and now I will be on blood thinners, most likely forever. I tried telling the surgeon's office to see if they wanted to annotate my file as such, but they didn't seem to think it was important. After reading some of the horror tales others have had, I guess I have it rather easy. If I had it to do over, I would ask more questions before hand and I think I would ask for a radiologist experienced in placement rather than a surgeon. My surgeon, I will say, was new to the practice. That alone bothered me.View Thread
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