Procedures: Port Placement Surgery
After your surgery you will see 2 incisions: a small incision just below the collarbone where the catheter was placed into the vein and a larger incision a little lower on the chest. Just below the larger incision you will feel a “bump” under the skin. That is the port site which will be accessed by the nurses to give you your chemotherapy and to draw blood for testing.
Both of the incisions will be covered with a clear plastic bandage which looks like saran wrap. Keep this on for 2 days after your surgery and then remove it. You may shower right over the bandage prior to that time. After you remove the bandage you may shower over the incision and cover with gauze if necessary or simply leave open.
Note: Some people will be sensitive to this type of bandage so if you notice redness, itching, or blistering under the bandage please remove it at once and cover the area with a dry gauze.
You can expect to see some bruising and swelling in the area. This is normal. You can use an ice pack on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes for the first 24 hours after the surgery to reduce the swelling. This may help with the pain as well.
You may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain. Please ask the doctor if you need something stronger.
You may resume your normal activity when it is comfortable for you. This will not dislodge the port.