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Removal of A Port

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Ports are generally removed in an out-patient procedure while the patient is under conscious sedation.

  • The removal is generally done in an out-patient setting instead of a doctor’s office because there could be serious complications if something goes wrong.
  • If your insurance company does not approve of an outpatient setting, consider filing an appeal. To learn how to appeal a health insurance claim, click here.

When a port is removed, there will usually be a small scar that can be unattractive for a few months until it heals.

  • Eventually it will look like a small line.
  • If the scar is a problem for you, it can removed with plastic surgery or covered with heavy makeup or a tattoo.
  • Some people tattoo a symbol of their disease over the scar as a badge of survivor honor and to remind them how lucky they are to be alive.

The casing that the port sits in generally remains in your chest. Despite the casing, there may be a hollow spot or indentation where the port was inserted.

If you want to keep the port as a souvenir, ask the doctor before the removal takes place.

NOTE:  Before proceeding with a port removal, consider your insurance situation. If you used up your deductible in a year, the port will be removed at minimal cost to you. If you haven't used the deductible, consider postponing the surgery until there is a year with necessary medical expenses that use up the deductible. For more information, see our information about Maximizing Your Health Insurance Policy by clicking here.

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