A port is a device placed under the skin that allows an easy way to give medicine and take blood samples. You can feel its raised center under your skin. This port is connected to a catheter, a thin, flexible piece of tubing that runs under the skin to the neck, where it enters a vein. Once the sutures have healed, it needs little care from you.
Preparation for Procedure
- Bring a list of all medications
- Inform your physician of any recent illness
- You will wear a gown during the exam and will be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
- Women should always inform the radiology staff if there is a possibility that they are pregnant.
- Your physician may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.
- Prior to your procedure, your blood will be tested to determine how well your liver and kidneys are functioning and whether your blood clots normally.
- You will be given sedation so you must not have anything to eat or drink anything for six hours before your exam and have someone that can bring you home after the procedure.
After the procedure
- Keep a dressing over the port site until you go to the clinic or for at least 10 days.
- You may have little pain. At home, over-the-counter medicines that you take for aches and pains can be used if you have discomfort at the port site.
- Be aware and report any signs of infection:
- Extreme redness
- Pus drainage
- Extreme pain/tenderness
- Extreme warmth at the site