I am a patient, but I figured if anyone would know which ports work and which are a pain and break, it would be the infusion nurses. I am getting a port soon and was told I can choose the company (Bard etc.) and type of port (slimline vs. normal etc.)
Does anyone know of information or recommend one portacath company over another?
I looked up Bard powerport and it looks like they've had a lot of problems with people getting catheter separation.
Then I looked up Angiodynamics and there arn't a ton of reports, however there are a few about the port disintegrating, one of it eroding through the skin, and a bunch of websites talking about how the company is not doing well financially.
My second question is regarding how the ports are placed...left side vs. right side, and subclavian vs. with the catheter going up over the collarbone. Does anyone know if one way is safer or more comfortable than the other?
My surgeon plans to use subclavian approach and I'm a bit concerned about pinch off syndrome. However he didn't have any statistics on how often that happens. With the issues with disintegration or separation for both companies' ports, pinch off syndrome is a concern of mine.
Lastly, does a powerport relate only to the fact that it can have contrast put in it or does it also relate to what types of medications can be put in it/how fast the infusion can be done? I read one patient post that said powerports are thicker, and I also read on here that nurses have had trouble with bard powerports not drawing blood and just being difficult all around. I have to have blood drawn every 2 weeks, and infusions 5 days a week.
Any help or advice would be so appreciated. Thank you so much!!!!