Intravenous Ports

When intravenous therapy is needed on a recurring basis, an implanted intravenous port provides safety and convenience. A port can be used for a variety of treatments including chemotherapy, transfusions, antibiotics, and fluids. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The basic design of an implantable port consists of a flexible catheter (like a straw) with a small reservoir attached to it. The catheter is carefully placed into one of the larger veins near the neck or collarbone typically while the patient is under local or light anesthesia. Then, the catheter is buried under the skin along with the reservoir. A small bump will be visible at the implantation site. Intravenous therapies can be now easily administered into the vein by accessing the port. If medical personnel have trouble finding your veins, your port can also be used to withdraw blood for lab work. The port can remain in the body for weeks, months and even sometimes years. When you don't need the port anymore, your surgeon can remove it in a simple procedure under local anesthetic.