Being scheduled for port placement? Here’s what to expect:
Once you and your oncologist agree on a treatment plan, the Cancer Center team will send a scheduling request to the surgery department for port placement. Within the next few days, you will be contacted by two different teams:
- The pre-op nurse will contact you to confirm the date and time of the procedure.
- The Outpatient Surgery Center team will contact you to ask basic questions about your health, answer questions about the process and schedule your treatment.
What is a port?
A port is very similar to an IV, such as the ones that are placed in your arm or hand for routine medical care. The main difference is that it is larger and is designed to go into a larger vein. After the port is placed, all you will see is a bump—the port itself is not visible.
The port will be placed by an experienced, board certified surgeon (meet Dr. Michael Mille). Your surgeon will meet with you at the surgery center the day of the procedure and explain the details of placement.
Most patients receive mild sedation and local anesthetic during the port placement. You will be comfortable throughout the procedure.
You will need a friend or family member to transport you home after the procedure is complete. You can expect mild bruising at the port site that may last for several days, however, the port will be ready for use immediately after it’s placed.
The surgery team is available to answer any questions that arise after placement. Once you complete your treatment, the port is easily removed in the surgery office.