Before your mediport placement, Surgical Specialists of Greater NY talks with you about preparing for the procedure. For example, you may need to stop taking certain medications.
Most patients receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any pain, along with medication to help them relax. Your surgeon makes two small incisions and creates a tiny pocket under your skin. They also make a cut from the pocket to create an opening for the catheter.
After implanting the port, they attach a catheter to the port. Then using real-time imaging, they guide the catheter into a major vein. After securing the port and catheter, they close the incisions.
Your surgeon gives you self-care instructions to follow, such as avoiding strenuous activities for a few days. It takes about 7-10 days for the wound to heal, but your oncologist can use the port immediately for chemotherapy.
Once your incision heals, you don’t usually need to do anything to take care of the port. However, your health care provider flushes the port as needed. With proper care, your port can stay in place and work well for a year or longer.
To learn more about ports or schedule a mediport placement, call Surgical Specialists of Greater NY or book an appointment online today.