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Port Placement

A port placement is a surgical procedure in which a small device called a port is implanted under the skin, usually in the chest or upper arm. The port consists of a small reservoir connected to a thin tube, which is inserted into a nearby vein. The port allows healthcare providers to easily access the patient's veins to deliver medications, fluids, or draw blood samples.

The port placement procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation in the OR.


Patients may experience some discomfort during and after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with pain medication and ice packs.

Some common medical conditions that may require a port placement include:

  • Cancer: Ports are often used to deliver chemotherapy drugs, which can be harsh on the veins and cause damage over time. A port allows for easy and safe administration of these medications.

  • Long-term IV therapy: Patients who require long-term IV therapy, such as those with chronic infections or gastrointestinal disorders, may benefit from a port placement to avoid repeated needle sticks and preserve vein health.

  • Other medical conditions: Ports may also be used for blood transfusions, nutritional support, or administration of other medications or fluids that cannot be taken orally.

Possible Complications:

Overall, port placement is considered a safe and effective procedure with relatively low risks of complications. Patients who undergo port placement should be closely monitored for any signs of infection, bleeding, or other complications, and the port should be regularly flushed.

What Should I Expect During A Port Placement? Mass General Imaging

Example Discharge and Care Instructions for your PORT

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