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An implanted port is a type of central venous catheter, or central venous line, that is used to put medicine, blood, nutrients, or fluids directly into your blood. It can also be used to draw blood for tests. The port makes doing these things more comfortable for you. You may hear it called an implanted venous access device (IVAD), a port-a-cath, or a central line. People can have a port for weeks, months, or longer.
Fluid goes into the port through a special needle called a Huber needle. You may feel a bit of discomfort when the needle goes into the port. The Huber needle may stay in the port for a short time so the port can be used. When the port is not being used, the Huber needle is removed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Adaptation Date: 2/28/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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