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Port Insertion and Removal

ImageCare Radiology is a trusted provider of port insertion and removal, offering expert medical services to patients requiring long-term intravenous treatments. With a dedicated team of skilled professionals, we ensure that each procedure is conducted with utmost care and precision, tailored to meet the individual needs of our patients.A sitting woman in a pink shirt with a chemo port visible on her upper chest, connected to an IV drip with various tubes

What is a Port?

A port is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin, typically in the upper chest area. This device is crucial for patients who require frequent or ongoing administration of medications, such as chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, or intravenous (IV) fluids. It is also useful for patients who require frequent blood draws. The port consists of a reservoir connected to a tube that is carefully placed into a large vein, allowing for easy access to the bloodstream.

What are the Benefits of a Port?

The use of a chemo port offers several benefits over traditional IV therapy. Primarily, it minimizes the discomfort associated with repeated needle sticks and preserves the integrity of peripheral veins, which can be damaged by frequent injections. Furthermore, a port provides a more reliable method of delivering treatments that require a stable, long-term access to a patient’s venous system. It is designed to be discreet and comfortable, allowing patients to go about their daily activities with minimal interruption.

How Does a Port Insertion or Removal Procedure Work?

The process of chemo port placement involves a minor surgical procedure typically performed under local anesthesia, combined with a mild sedative. The entire procedure takes about an hour. During the insertion, a small incision is made near the upper chest where the port will be placed. The catheter part of the device is then threaded into a large vein, usually leading to the heart, ensuring that the medication can be distributed effectively throughout the body.

Port removal is just as straightforward and is usually performed when a port is no longer needed, or in the event of a complication such as an infection or malfunction. Similar to the insertion process, it is done under local anesthesia, and the device is carefully removed through a small incision made over the existing port site.

Both insertion and removal procedures are carried out with a focus on minimizing discomfort and reducing the risk of infection. At ImageCare Radiology, our team is well-versed in these procedures, ensuring that each step is conducted following the highest standards of medical care.

Contact Us for Port Insertion and Removal Procedures

ImageCare Radiology has numerous locations, making it convenient for patients to access our radiology services close to home. We are committed to providing compassionate and efficient care to ease the medical journey of our patients.

If you or a loved one requires a port insertion or removal, we invite you to contact us to schedule a procedure. Our friendly staff is here to guide you through the process, from the initial consultation to the procedure and beyond, ensuring that you receive the comprehensive care you deserve.

At ImageCare Radiology, we’re dedicated to your health and wellbeing, offering state-of-the-art medical services with a patient-centered approach. Reach out today to discuss your needs with our expert radiology providers and take the first step towards streamlined and effective medical treatment.