Port placement is a minor surgical procedure in which a small medical device is implanted under the skin. This appliance includes a catheter connecting the access port to a vein. The purpose is to allow for drawing blood or administering fluids, nutrition, medications, or transfusions directly into the bloodstream.
Is port placement painful?
Local anesthesia is administered before the procedure and will experience no discomfort or pain. You may also have intravenous sedation, so you feel sleepy or relaxed.
What happens when the port is removed?
The procedure to remove the port is similar to the procedure to place it, except there is no need to puncture the vein. It is also a quicker procedure, and sedation is not typically needed. The skin is cleaned with antiseptic, and local anesthesia is administered. The surgeon makes a small incision through which the port and catheter are removed and closes the incision with self-absorbing sutures.