Home Care for Your Port

If you require frequent intravenous (IV) access for treatment of a health-related problem, an implanted port can save you time and discomfort. To function as designed, though, these small devices need a little care and attention at home.

Lev Pukin, MD, is a board-certified interventional radiologist and vein specialist who provides services such as port implants for our patients at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC in the Midwood area of Brooklyn, New York.

Well-known for the quality, patient-focused care he provides at his busy practice, Dr. Pukin is happy to share information regarding home care for your port.

Ports and IV access

A port is a small, semipermanent device that Dr. Pukin surgically implants just under your skin with an in-office procedure at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC. The port connects to a nearby vein via a tiny catheter through which medication, fluids, etc. travels to your bloodstream. 

We can also withdraw blood for various lab tests using the port. The port and catheter remain in place until you no longer need IV therapy.

Benefits of a port

Many conditions require frequent venous access as part of your treatment. A port eliminates the need to undergo repetitious needle sticks for IV access, sometimes several times a week. 

Also, dehydration and other issues can affect the ease with which we can access your veins. A port spares you from multiple attempts to establish working IV access.    

Monitoring your port at home

After the initial procedure, expect mild discomfort at the incision site for a few days. Dr. Pukin provides detailed care information regarding home care of your port, including instructions about keeping the area clean and dry.

Typically, though, you should avoid tight clothing and accessories that might irritate the site as it heals.

It’s also important to monitor for symptoms of infection as long as your port remains in place, including:

Once the incision has healed, you can still feel and see a small lump just under the skin that’s about the size of a quarter. Depending on where the port is, seatbelts, purse straps, etc. that create pressure across the site can irritate. 

Generally, you should clean and inspect the site daily for signs of problems.

It’s rare but possible that the port can shift out of place. If it does, contact us as soon as possible.  Unless we’ve given you detailed instructions on how to do so at home, we clean and flush the port before and after each use.

We encourage our patients to contact us at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC any time you have questions or concerns regarding your port.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Pukin today for evaluation regarding implantation of a venous access port. Call our office or request an appointment online. We’re here to help.

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