Port Removal in the Breast Clinic
What should I do to plan ahead?
Schedule a time for your port removal that
works for you. This is not urgent. You should
wait at least 3 weeks after your last
chemotherapy treatment before having it
Do eat breakfast or lunch. Take all of the
medicines approved by your doctor before you
arrive. Please come 15 minutes before your
scheduled time. This will allow time for check-
How is the port removed?
You will have your port removed in the
procedure room. You will lie on an exam table.
The skin around the port will be cleaned with an
antiseptic. Drapes will be placed around the site
to keep it clean.
The area around the port will be numbed with a
local anesthetic. This is an injection with a
small needle. You will feel a sting, but the
medicine will numb the skin and area around the
port quickly. You should not feel any pain
during the procedure. Let the staff know if you
have an allergy to local anesthetics.
Your doctor will reopen the first incision,
remove the port, and place a few stitches to
close the skin. The stitches are under your skin.
They will be absorbed over time. The incision
will be covered with a gauze bandage.
You should plan to be at the clinic for 30-60
What should I expect after the procedure?
You may have some mild pain. You
may take Tylenol® or ibuprofen as
You may resume your normal routine,
but avoid activities that pull on the
It is normal to have some bruising.
When to call the doctor
Fever over 100° F for 2 readings taken 4
Increased redness at the site.
Bleeding or pus from the site.
Increase in pain.
Breast Clinic (608) 266-6400
Toll free 1-800-323-8942
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