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An implanted port is a device to put medicine, blood, nutrients, or fluids directly into your blood. The port may be used to draw blood for tests only if another vein, such as in the hand or arm, can't be used. People can have a port for weeks, months, or longer.
An implanted port is a type of central venous catheter, or central venous line.
The port is used to give you medicine, blood products, nutrients, or fluids over a long period of time. You may have it for weeks, months, or longer. The port also can be used to draw blood for tests. The port makes doing these things more comfortable for you.
A needle is used to put fluid into the port. You will only feel a mild prick. Some implanted ports contain a small reservoir that can be filled with the medicine or fluid. The reservoir slowly releases the medicine into the bloodstream. A special needle (called a Huber needle) may stay in the port for a short time.
Fluid goes into the port through a needle. You will feel a slight pain when the needle goes into the port. Some ports have a small reservoir that can be filled with medicine or fluid. The reservoir slowly puts medicine into your bloodstream. A special needle may stay in the port for a short time. This is called a Huber needle.
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 call line 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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Current as of: September 23, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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