Implanted Ports

An implanted port is a permanent vascular access device consisting of a catheter attached to a small hub implanted beneath the skin.

The entire device is under the skin; nothing is visible on the outside except a small bulge where the port is located. The catheter is tunneled under the skin and placed in a vein in the shoulder or neck with the end of it extending into a large vein in the chest. The port’s hub is accessible with a special needle to administer medications, fluids or nutrition. Implanted ports are used for long-term intermittent venous access.

Before Your Procedure

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure.
  • Certain medications may increase your risk of bleeding and may need to be held prior to your procedure.
  • You may resume these medications the day after your procedure unless otherwise instructed.

During Your Procedure

  • Mild sedation and pain medication is given during the procedure.
  • The skin is cleaned and then numbed. The numbing medication stings and burns for a short amount of time but numbs the skin quickly.
  • Ultrasound is used to locate the vein.
  • The doctor will make two small incisions to place the port under the skin and gain access into the vein.
  • Following placement, the skin is stitched and covered.
  • The procedure takes 1-1 ½ hours to complete.

After Your Procedure

  • Watch for signs of infection at the incision site. Report any redness, swelling, drainage or fever to the doctor.
  • The port may be used immediately after placement.
  • The incision will be sore; over the counter pain medication is usually sufficient to control discomfort.
  • Do not twist or try to reposition the port under your skin.
  • Do not lift anything greater than 10 pounds for 2 weeks.
  • If you have any questions about the procedure, please discuss them with your doctor.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

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