I waited through a set of scans post chemo. For some reason it seems like such a way to throw away that part of life. My surgeon gave me the choice of hospital OR removal (4 hours out of the day for preop, waiting,OR, recovery room, etc.) or his office in 15 minutes. I opted for his office. He numbed me up and then took it out in about 10 minutes. We talked the whole time about the whole colectomy surgery, chemotherapy and then before I knew it I was in my car paying the parking deck attendant.
I definately think you have to be in the right frame of mind, it is not painful but there is alot of tugging, and pressure, etc. I am sorry if that is too much detail, I am a nurse and I guess I knew what to expect, so the tugging and pressure were what I expected. But for all you warriors who have fought and took chemo for all this time, Port Removal is such a celebration.
Suzie Hill, RN
Stage 3 CC, 37yo Dx. Oct. 2005