Who is a candidate for port placement?

Ports have many medical uses. You may be a candidate for port placement if you need frequent:

  • Blood draws
  • Blood transfusions
  • Antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Intravenous feeding

Why choose us for port placement in Mount Vernon, IL?

At Advanced Surgical Technology, we provide superior surgical care with the highest level of integrity and service. Our multidisciplinary practice offers various treatments, including vascular surgery, general surgery, primary care, cosmetics, and aesthetics. We believe our patients deserve exceptional, comprehensive care.

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What is the port placement procedure like?

This procedure is performed with local anesthetic and sedation. You will lie flat on your back on a table. The doctor uses ultrasound to find the puncture site, then a wire is placed through the needle into the appropriate vein. A small incision for insertion of the port is made below the clavicle (collarbone). The catheter is connected to the port and placed under the skin into the vein. Then the port is placed beneath the skin, and the incision is closed with absorbable sutures.

What is recovery like after port placement?

You will feel pressure during the procedure and may have some tenderness, bruising, and swelling for a few days afterward. Over-the-counter medications are all that is needed to control any discomfort. Do not shower for one week after port placement. After that, until the wound is healed, you must cover it with plastic wrap when you shower.

FAQ

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.

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