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You have had a procedure to implant a port. You may hear it called an implanted venous access device (IVAD), a port-a-cath, or a central line. The port looks like a small bump under your skin. A thin, flexible tube called a catheter runs under the skin from the port into a large vein.
You may have the port for weeks, months, or longer. You will be able to get medicine, blood, nutrients, or other fluids with more comfort. The port can be used right away.
You will probably have some discomfort and bruising at the port site. This will go away in a few days.
You may have strips of tape on the cut (incision) the doctor made, or the cut may have been closed with glue. It may be covered with a small bandage.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
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.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 3/22/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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