Port Placement for Chemotherapy
Patients who are receiving chemotherapy may have to have frequent intravenous medications given to them, along with many blood draws. All of these needle sticks can be uncomfortable for the patient. That’s why some doctors suggest implanting an infusion port. This small medical device is usually implanted under the collarbone and is hardly noticeable, as it is placed under the skin. It allows medicine to be administered directly into the veins and blood to be taken with ease. Many patients who have this procedure receive conscious sedation. Your physician will discuss with you what type of anesthesia you are having and how to prepare for it.
This procedure is generally done on an outpatient basis, where you can return home the same day. Port placements are done by an interventional radiologist or a surgeon using real-time images viewed on a monitor. Incisions are made at the base of your neck and under your collarbone. A catheter is placed through the chest incision and guided under your skin to the neck incision, and then the incisions are closed with stitches or surgical glue and dressed with bandages. There may be some pain where the incisions were made for up to 48 hours, but this can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Bandages are generally left in place for two days or so, and it should be kept dry. Once it heals, you can return to all daily activities, including showering and swimming. Though the port will be slightly raised from your skin, most people won’t notice that it’s there. It will need to be flushed by a nurse every four weeks when not in use.
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