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If I have cancer, how should I care for my implanted port incision?

There may be stitches or adhesive strips holding your incision together after implanted port (a small device that is inserted through the chest into a large blood vessel near the heart) surgery. These will usually stay in place for 7 to 10 days. Your doctor will remove the stitches at this time. The adhesive strips will probably fall off on their own. You will need to change the dressing, if there is one, every other day if you are using a gauze dressing or a gauze and transparent dressing. To help care for the incision:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Remove the old dressing.
  3. Examine the area for redness, swelling or drainage. If you think there might be a problem, call your doctor.
  4. Apply a new sterile dressing.
For the next 10 days after insertion, cover the dressing with a plastic wrap when bathing. If wet, change the dressing after bathing. After 10 days, when the incision is completely healed, you may shower/bathe without covering the site.

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