Now I am aware that portacaths are generally put in for patients that are needing chemotherapy, but I am seriously considering this little baby. First off if you dont know what a portacath or port is here is some general info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port-a-Cath
I am considering this because I have the worst time getting veins accessed for all of my blood work, remicade and recent hospital stays. One hospital stay I literally had 10 IV changes until I was finally given a PICC line. I am recieving remicade every 6 weeks and I generally have my blood drawn at least twice a month if not more. Wouldn't it seem logical to just have a portacath becasue the IV pokes are getting really painful and pathetic now since all of my veins have scarred up and are pretty much mad at me.
Any advice would be awesome, and if anyone has actually had this done please explain how it was, and whether or not you are happy with it and how the procedure to inserting it was.
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Prednisone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Remicade,
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon