Infusion ports are intravenous (IV) access devices for patients who will need IV access over a long period of time. Infusion ports may be used for the administration of long-term infusions or chemotherapy, or to access the vascular system of a patient who needs frequent IV starts or blood draws and has a difficult time with venous access.
How to Prepare
You may need to have blood drawn in advance of your procedure.
A nurse may call you the day before your procedure to review your medications and any last-minute instructions.
Bring someone to drive you home.
What to Expect
The procedure usually begins with an assessment and an IV start in the holding room before going to the interventional radiology lab.
You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax, and you also will receive an antibiotic before the procedure.
In the lab, the interventional radiology staff will help you onto a narrow table, connect you to the monitoring equipment and cover you with a sterile drape.
The procedure takes approximately one hour.
Recovery time is generally three to four hours.
After the Procedure
You will receive specific discharge instructions from the nursing staff.
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