After several years of infusions, last year I got a port..

December 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

It’s outpatient surgery, and relatively painless compared to other outpatient surgeries! Sure beats the many attempts to get a good IV catheter in and get stuck to the point where you feel you are scarred. [Actually, you get scarred from each stick, especially with larger IV catheter needles.]
There IS some maintenace to having a port, as they have to be flushed out every 4-5 weeks, but IF you get infusions-it’s part of it all.
I learned about ports because of cancer patients who receive chemo thru them. Some get replacement ports over time, others keep going with one…
With the port, they stick a special catheter into the port and you are good for the #of days you are infused. Also, there has been very little bleeding after the needle is taken out. Do ask for ‘Emla’ cream or other numbing agent for your first dozen needle insertions tho. As it’s always in the one spot. After a while there is enough scarring from the needle insertion that you don’t feel the needle going in later on.
And, I’ve found the rates can be a bit more consistent in terms of administering IVIG. Where it used to take 3-5 hours for an infusion? It now takes 2-1/2 at the most!
IF you are having to get that many pokes to get IVIG? It could be easily justified for insurance issues. AND? It could help save your life in an emergency. Hope this helps. Good luck!