This procedure is performed on patients who require the placement of a vascular access device necessary for frequent intravenous therapy.
The placement of ports, which are usually placed in the upper chest, carries some risks, such as bleeding, collapse of the lung, thrombosis, embolism, and air embolism. Soon after the initial placement, the patient can resume regular activity. The ports can be surgically removed under local anesthesia if they are no longer needed.
Last updated: 26-May-04