An Implantable Port is a device that is placed within the body and used to deliver fluids or medication into the bloodstream. These ports are usually placed under the skin on the upper part of the chest wall.
- You will lie on your back.
- An intravenous (IV) line is started to give you fluids and medications. You will be given medication through the IV to help you relax.
- You will be attached to a heart monitor and blood pressure cuff.
- The skin over the site is cleaned. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the skin.
- You will stay a minimum of two hours post procedure.
- Must have a ride home.
- Schedule for interview with radiologist two days prior to the exam. You will also have blood work (PT/PTT, CBC with Diff) at that time.
- Bring a prescription from your doctor to your interview.
- Consume nothing by mouth after midnight the night before your procedure.
- If you are currently taking any blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Lovenox, Plavix), you need to stop it five days prior to exam and inform your doctor.
- Bring a list of your current medications.
- You will stay one to three hours post procedure for recovery.